Events to start at Malostranské náměstí

The square will see a temporary sculpture and music projects

The second season will soon start at Malostranské náměstí, which last year was closed to parking and opened for public use.

In the near future, an installation by František Skála will appear on the square. The six-meter tall statue Prastánek, made from an oak tree, was created specifically for the square. It is part of the Sculpture Line project to put temporary sculptures in public across the city. An exhibition of works by František Skála is at the nearby Wallenstein Riding School.

Some musical events including site specific sound installations are also planned in the near future, in association with HAMU, the music academy.

A pilot program last year though showed that the square lacks sufficient electricity for many events. Prague Deputy Mayor Petra Kolínská (Greens) said that resolving the electricity situation on the square is a priority, according to daily Pražský deník.

Another issue that has been a stumbling block is the complicated process to get permission to use the square. The process has discouraged a lot of people from even trying to stage an event, Kolínská said. Simplifying the process and eliminating some of the administrative fees for non-commercial events is being considered. Additional cleanliness of the square is also being discussed.

The square still is going to be rebuilt, but work is not likely to start until next year at the earliest. A competition on developing the square was won in 2014 by architects Martin Hájek, Václav Hájek and Petr Horský.

Parking on the square ended at the start of July 2016, due to efforts from the public and a petition campaign. Since then, it has hosted events including a Three Kings procession, a silent Charlie Chaplin film with live music and sculpture exhibitions.

Malostranské náměstí has a long history going back to the 13th century. The name of the square has changed over the years. The square has long been divided into two parts, and was called Horní rynk and Dolní rynk (Upper and Lower Marketplace), and Malostranský rynek. The upper part was also called Vlašský plac, as many Italian merchants were there.

In the first half of the 19th century it became Štepanské námestí (Stephan Square), and after 1869 it was officially Malostranské náměstí, but people called it náměstí Maršála Radeckého, or Radecký Square, after a large statue located there at that time.

Plans call for the statue of Field Marshall Radecký, which still exists, to be returned to the square but there is some opposition to the idea. 

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