Tuesday, November 20, 2012

International artists pay for tapestry in Vaclav Havel's honour

Musicians Bono, The Edge, Peter Gabriel, Sting and Yoko Ono have paid for a large tapestry in honour of the late Czech president Vaclav Havel which will be unveiled at Prague's Vaclav Havel Airport next month, a spokeswoman for the airport said. The tapestry, designed by Czech artist Petr Sis, cost CZK 1.5 million, or USD 75,000. The artists have been invited for the unveiling which will take place on December 9, the spokeswoman said but it's not clear if they'll arrive for the occasion. The former Czech president, playwright and dissident Vaclav Havel passed away on December 18, 2011, at the age of 75.

This news story, as usual, comes from Cesky rozhlas this very day. It is interesting that the story cannot be found on their website in Czech of in English. The story comes to me in my daily English email, and it was not in today's Czech email. Apparently someone thinks that this story is of interest only to speakers of English, many of whom may well be Czech.

1 comment:

  1. Typical Czechs, eh? What a very cool thing they're doing. I'm always going to have a big soft spot for Vaclav, and what he meant to me in my time there as a foreigner. Thanks for mentioning it- I wouldn't have heard it. Hugs.