The world's only cubist lamppost is shining once again in Prague

The Czech capital's unique lamppost at Jungmannovo náměstí has been reinstalled after being taken out of commission for repairs last year.

Jason Pirodsky

Written by Jason Pirodsky Published on 31.03.2024 11:44:00 (updated on 31.03.2024) Reading time: 2 minutes

The iconic cubist lamppost on Jungmannova náměstí in central Prague has been restored to its former glory, once again illuminating the historic area near the popular restaurant U Pinkasů.

The unique piece, recognized as the only cubist lamppost still in use worldwide, holds significant cultural value for the city of Prague, long celebrated for its cubist architecture that also includes the nearby House of the Black Madonna. The lamppost had been taken out of commission earlier last year for extensive repairs.

The restoration process was undertaken by the municipal administrator of public lighting, Technology of the City of Prague (THMP), and involved meticulous work to address several issues. Permission was obtained from conservationists to dismantle the top lantern, ensuring compliance with heritage preservation standards.

Besides repairing the exterior of the damaged lamppost, technicians faced challenges such as a corroded cable passage within the body. With careful precision, they navigated through the lamp's interior to install a new cable without causing further damage.

"This is unique in the whole world - the only cubist lamppost still in use. It represents the essence of Prague Cubist architecture," Jiří Pospíšil, Prague's deputy mayor for culture, stated through a press release.

"The column itself and the lamp are so beautiful that they will surely charm you and inspire you to visit other cubist and rondocubist monuments in the city," he added, highlighting its importance in showcasing Prague's architectural heritage.

Designed by architect Emil Králíček in 1913 as part of Adam's Pharmacy on Wenceslas Square, the cubist lamppost boasts a distinctive aesthetic. Its artificial stone column, comprising stacked truncated pyramids, supports a metal and glass lantern with a cubist design.

The unconventional stone seat adds to its architectural allure. Symbolizing the fusion of artistry and functionality, the lamp activates simultaneously with Prague's public lighting at sunset each day.

THMP, responsible for managing various technological assets across Prague, spearheaded the restoration project as part of its commitment to maintaining the city's infrastructure. Beyond public lighting, the company oversees the illumination of monuments, manages Christmas decorations, and maintains essential technological systems.

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