in collaboration with Sculpture Line Prague
Stefan Milkov – Guardian
Originally, I created the Guardian as a small-sized sculpture. Its formal qualities later inspired me to recreate it on a monumental scale.
And what can I say about the sculpture itself?
I personally feel that these are troubled times, sometimes even turbulent, and the world is changing in all aspects. Regretfully, it is a change for the worse, as we are witnessing in recent months.
This work is thus an expression of my belief in our civilisation and its power, a symbol of courage and faith in indomitable spirit of humanity – the Guardian and Protector in difficult times.
I am honoured to be able to show my sculpture in the beautiful city of Venice, in a country that had suffered so much this year. I hope that it will bring the viewers a sense of hope in safer future, as it did to me when I was creating it.
Jaroslav Róna – Sitting Lioness
As is well known, the Czech lands have a two-tailed lion in the coat of arms, just as Venice has a winged lion. During my visit to Vienna, I was thinking about the statue I should design for the hill and on the way to the Belvedere Palace I noticed beautiful baroque statues of lions and sphinxes lining the way up the hill in the park in front of the Viennese Belvedere.
Looking at the Baroque lions, I got an idea to place on Žižkov Hill a lioness that would be a symbolic partner of the Czech Lion placed on the opposite Prague’s Castle hill.
I liked the position of an upright sitting lion, leaning on its front legs, as I saw it in the beautiful stone lions guarding the Venetian Arsenal every year during my visit to the Biennale.
When I was offered the opportunity to exhibit some statue in Venice, it seemed symbolic to me to that my Lioness would found herself in the city of the Lions that had partially contributed to its creation.