Compact archive December 5, 2007

Project of Letna Ocenaium Underwater World in Prague moved or ended

bye-bye underwaterworld Huge Underwater World, which should have been built on the place of former monument of Stalin in Prague, will be probably moved. It is even probable it will be moved for good.

People against the Oceanium in Prague can celebrate – Prague City hall admits there are many problems with the enormous building that should host 250 sea fish. The Australian investor Underwater World Oceanium wants for example the city to take the business risk by itself.

The place that over the past twenty years became a skate-park seems saved for this time. There was made a petition by the Green Party against the construction. I was signed by about three thousands people, among them by the ex-president Vaclav Havel.


New Pictures of Blob – The National Library

golden national library The National Library Commission, that wanted new pictures of Blob, got some from the Future System Atelier of Jan Kaplicky. The surprise was, it introduced Blob in Golden Color.

Many argued against the ‘sputum’ color of the Blob. Kaplicky said that the golden color was intended from the beginning (?) and that this is no real change.

Kaplicky previously announced he doesn’t intend to change the height or location of the blob interior stays purple library, and so was asked for more pictures of the Blob from various places of Prague. They are going to use a ladder truck with a pulled out ladder to the intended height. Kaplicky previously pronounced the worries of The Octopus being too high as allegation, as it is planned to be high as the National Theater.

The Golden color was chosen because “Almost every doorknob in Prague is of golden color.”


News from Wenceslas Square

good-bye, sausage stance Prague Wenceslas square is going to change back to the pre-communist state of things. The process is already underway, and so the square loses one of its dominants – stances with sausages, or bratwursts, and beer. The deputy of the Prague Mayor Rudolf Blazek stated: “There is a huge problem with hygiene and whats’ more, the place attracts homeless people and various delinquents”.

Sure, if you got problems with your gallbladder or digestive system, just to see their menu could make you sick, but during the totalitarian regime there were no MacDonalds or other fast-foods available, normal restaurants were closed or too bad and posh restaurants were (and are still) the most expensive there, so the stances were the only option for tourists.

Rudolf Blazek also commented those stances were significant 25 years ago, but not today. But still – am I the only one who feels like to get rid of everything resembling communism, like the USSR metro trains or these stances means to get rid of a part of our history? Sure, nobody would like to get back to the times of injustice, but still…


The biggest Christmas Crib or Nativity Scene in Prague

nativity scene, an illustration photo It is not only the biggest Christmas Crib in Prague, but also in the Czech Republic. It is a unique one though, by its used material – such material was used just in France and Belgium before. And what is it? In the Charles Bridge Museum of Prague, you can see the biggest Christmas Crib made of straw.

Twenty biblical characters statues are unique not only in size and material, but also by the specific way of processing. “It is my biggest art piece, I have been making it for six months.” said the author (his wife helps him) Andrzej Wrzecionek, a graduated philosopher.

The artists used hand-stitched ropes from hay and straw, which they fixed on the wooden frame of the characters. The Hay Nativity Scene will be possible to see in the Chapel under the Church of st. Francis of Assisi. Until 31st January 2008.

Are you allergic to hay and straw? You can visit the other nativity scene exhibition

Cibelle in Prague

cibelle The Brazilian singer Cibelle arrived to the UK four years ago with an eponymously titled debut under her belt, and a set of songs that mixed Brazilian rhythms, delicate acoustic textures, electronica and idiosyncratic lyrics.

Singing at Sao Paulo clubs and parties since 1990s, Cibelle’s has been very much an international success rather than a Brazilian export. Indeed, only now is she making an impact in her home country. “I’m going back to play a couple of festivals, but as an international artist,” she says, laughing. “And I am. I’m a Dalston girl now.”

On the stage, she uses one mic for straight vocals and another for multiple sound-effects, “playing with whatever percussion I pick up on the way to the gig. Live shows never sound like the album.”

Based on an Interview by Tim Cumming

Palac Akropolis,Kubelíkova 27, Praha 3 , Saturday 08.12.2007, start 19:30