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John Hejduk's Jan Palach Memorial Opens in Prague

John Hejduk's Jan Palach Memorial Opens in Prague
John Hejduk's Jan Palach Memorial Opens in Prague , © Miroslav Cikán
© Miroslav Cikán

For the first time in history, a John Hejduk structure has been permanently installed in a public space. The American architect's Jan Palach Memorial has officially opened last week at Jan Palach Square (formerly Red Army Square) on the Alšovo Riverbank in Prague after 25 years in the making. 

"The work, entitled House of the Suicide and House of the Mother of the Suicide, which was originally built in Atlanta in 1990, then Prague in 1991, honors the Czech dissident Jan Palach, whose self-immolation in protest of the Soviet invasion of 1968 served as a galvanizing force against the communist government in Czechoslovakia. A plaque at the base of the monument displays the poem The Funeral of Jan Palach, by former School of Architecture Professor David Shapiro," says The Cooper Union. 

© Miroslav Cikán
© Miroslav Cikán

The two steel and wood structures, each topped with 49 steel "spikes," was installed "as part of a national recognition of political and social solidarity for the country's democracy," says Cornell University professor James Williamson, who was responsible for coordinating the structures' first creation in Atlanta back in 1986.

News via Cooper Union

Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "John Hejduk's Jan Palach Memorial Opens in Prague " 25 Jan 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/780964/john-hejduks-jan-palach-memorial-opens-in-prague/>