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A Fiery Heart Memorial For Václav Havel

Václav Havel certainly burned with passion for his art and his country. He served them both with dedication and devotion.

Bags of candles from across the country are still being delivered to Trafačka. (ČTK)

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A heart from melted candles: an unusual memorial for late Czech president Václav Havel

by Sarah Borufka

 

After the death of the former Czech president Václav Havel, thousands of people laid down wreaths and lit candles at impromptu memorial sites across the country. Now, two artists have decided to recycle those candles for an unusual memorial – a wax heart. Dozens of volunteers are currently working on the “A heart for Havel” initiative at a Prague cultural center.

 

 CTKLukáš Gavlovský, photo: CTK

Dozens of volunteers were hammering away in the warehouse of Prague’s Trafačka cultural center this Saturday, prying the plastic shell from the thousands of votive candles that were lit in honor of late president Václav Havel all over the country. Four to five tons of these candles will be melted into a giant heart sculpture – a project titled “A heart for Havel”. The artist Lukáš Gavlovský and his friend Roman Švejda are behind the unusual memorial. Gavlovský says the idea first occurred to were hammering away in the warehouse of Prague’s Trafačka cultural center this Saturday, prying the plastic shell from the thousands of votive candles that were lit in honor of late president Václav Havel all over the country. Four to five tons of these candles will be melted into a giant heart sculpture – a project titled “A heart for Havel”. The artist Lukáš Gavlovský and his friend Roman Švejda are behind the unusual memorial. Gavlovský says the idea first occurred to him in the week after Mr. Havel’s death.

“The idea was spontaneous. Before Christmas, I saw all the candles that were brought to Wenceslas Square for Mr. Havel. The sea of candles there kept growing and growing. I realized that after the first wave of euphoria, they would surely be thrown away. Then I had the idea that the wax from those candles is a great material, a material that can easily be transformed.”

 

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