This Is The Most Expensive Bench in Prague

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In front of the Czech National Technical Library in Prague 6, you may want to rest a while on this red bench.

The fact is, this is the most expensive bench in Prague! The Ferdinand Vaněk Bench, remembering late President Vaclav Havel, was unveiled on Monday, December 18, 2017.

For the red bench, Prague 6 has paid Kc 850,000. Half a million crowns were paid to the architects Ley Dostálova and Petr Pištěk. The remaining Kc 350,000 went to the City Hall for the installation. However, when the bench was first installed, it did not generate as much interest as it did once the costs were published.

"Ferdinand Vaněk bench is not a bench in terms of urban furniture, but a work of art. This was not primarily required here and is, therefore, an added value of artwork," said Ondřej Šrámek, a spokesman for Prague 6 Town Hall.

The bench is made up of a steel red board with a symbolic length of 1989 mm. It was in 1989 that the character of Havel's literary alter ego, Ferdinand Vaněk, first appeared.

Seven years after his death Václav Havel’s legacy and name are remembered at home and abroad. Schools and streets have been named after him, Havel benches have appeared in Washington, Barcelona or Venice and anyone arriving at Prague’s Václav Havel Airport is reminded of how much the dissident-playwright-president meant to the nation. 

Author: Samia Ahmed


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