Sunday, 8 February 2009

Letenské Sady, steps north-north-west of the metronome

Vratislav Karel Novák's metronome (1991-) replaced the monument to Stalin (1955-1962) of Otakar Švec and architects Jiří and Vlasta Štursa, built by six hundred workers over the course of five-and-a-half years with 17,000 tonnes of marble, and destroyed seven years later with 800 kg of explosives and 1,650 detonators. The intermediate roles taken on by the marble plinth, left after the statue's destruction, and of the bomb shelter below it, feature rock-and-roll, politicians and high winds, and mushrooms. An aquarium of high altitude is apparently in the offing.

With the metronome behind me, descending the steps:

With the metronome ahead of me, looking up at the steps I descended:

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