Vaclav Havel’s Place
April 13, 2015
Václav Havel’s Place comprises two chairs linked by a round table with a linden tree, the national tree of the Czech Republic, growing through the center of the table. The seating area, named the Democratic Bench, was designed by Bořek Šípek, a celebrated Czech artist and architect who was a close friend of Havel’s. The memorial at Lewis & Clark has been donated by the Embassy of the Czech Republic.
Lewis & Clark is honored to welcome two dignitaries from the Czech Republic as participants in this dedication: Karl Schwarzenberg, chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliament of the Czech Republic and a former minister of foreign affairs of the Czech Republic, and Petr Gandalovič, ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States and an initiator, along with Šípek, of the Havel Places project.
The dedication will take place on May 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the courtyard adjacent to Fir Acres Theatre. It will be followed by a performance of select scenes and excerpts from Havel’s works by Lewis & Clark theatre students, a panel discussion about Havel’s legacy led by Schwarzenberg and members of the theatre department, and a reception.