Jan Hus Memorial
Jerry Koza, Adam Jirkal, Martin Papcún
Tomáš Kubák, Radka Argayová
On the occasion of the 600th anniversary of Jan Hus being burned at the stake in Constance, a tender was announced for the design of his memorial. The competition was won by studio SAD, which worked in collaboration with sculptor Martin Papcún. Together they introduced a variable dynamic sculpture in the form of a banner with the words “Za pravdu” (For the Truth) placed on the facade of the Bethlehem Chapel in Prague and also on the facade of the Stephansschule in Constance, where Hus was imprisoned before his immolation. The architects designed the typographic lettering as a series of horizontal stainless steel plates hanging on the facade. Each board is cut into a shape that at different times of the day and year draws a shadow of one particular letter on the wall. And thus the whole motto appears on the wall. During the project, the architects used calculations based on the motion of the Earth and the sun and the forms of shade at different times. The sign is fully visible only for a few hours in the summer months and it is best visible just around the 6th of July, when Jan Hus was burned at the stake. For most of the year, the sign is not visible at all. The work thus subtly symbolizes the impermanence and the constant presence of truth at the same time.
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