Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Octopus and Balloon

Will the 'octopus' change panorama of Prague?

Prague architect Radek Martisek is a big opponent of Kaplicky's design of
the new building of the National Library in Prague. Recently he made a
report, where he criticized the design as too expensive, dangerous and
ecologically insensitive.

Now he decided to prove that the visualization of the building made by
Kaplicky's team is not correct and doesn't show the real proportions of the
future building. He hired an agency who blew a hot-air balloon up on the
place where the library should stand in Letna. The highest point of the
balloon was 48 meters above the ground, where the 'eye' of the library is
supposed to be. Then he asked his friends and other people to take pictures
of the balloon from different places in Prague.

To his surprise, the balloon was hardly seen from the Charles Bridge what he
was afraid of the most. On the other hand, the balloon seemed to be much
closer to Prague Castle that on Kaplicky's visualization. Martisek paid this
action with his own money.


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