The University Parks have become the seventh place in the world to host a ‘Havel’s Place’ installation.
The installations are designed to evoke the memory of Václav Havel (1936-2011), writer, thinker, human rights activist and President of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. Designed by the Czech architect Bořek Šípek, the installations symbolise democratic debate and serve as a modest place of rest and contemplation away from the hustle and bustle of contemporary life.
Oxford’s Havel’s Place is located to the west of the pond in the University Parks, overlooking the pond and the river Cherwell beyond. It comprises a commemorative table with a Linden tree sapling growing through the centre, together with two chairs.
The installation was unveiled on 6 November by the Vice-Chancellor, Parks Superintendent Walter Sawyer, and the President of the Oxford University Czech and Slovak Society Kryštof Vosátka.
Other Havel's Place installations are located in Georgetown University, Washington DC; St Patrick's Park, Dublin; the Catalan Parliament building, Barcelona; Maltese Square, Prague; University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice; and Venice International University.