Brno - An original bus station shaped as a miniature of the late architect Jan Kaplicky's draft design of the National Library in Prague, dubbed "Octopus," was unveiled at a housing estate in Brno today
The champagne-coloured shelter of the bus stop is called "The Eye Above Brno," hinting at the name of a documentary on Kaplicky, The Eye Above Prague, and the building's shape with an oval window on the top resembling a huge eye.
The idea of the bus stop was proposed by law student Martin Felgr.
The installation was produced and fully funded by the Pepsi company within its campaign Pepsi Refresh Your World. The company did not reveal the price. It only said the whole campaign had cost tens of millions of crowns.
Kaplicky's London-based studio won an international architectonic competition for the National Library in Prague in March 2007. However, the project has never been materialised.
Its fans collected thousands of signatures and staged demonstrations in support of Kaplicky's design, in the spirit of his "blob" organic-shaped architecture, but it stirred up controversial reactions and was opposed by the ruling politicians from the Prague City Hall.