May the First saw the ceremonial unveiling of a memorial dedicated to Václav Havel in Maltézské náměstí in Prague, Havel’s Place, created by the architect and designer Bořek Šípek.
Symbolic release of heart-shaped and coloured balloons and unveiling of a commemorative plaque took place in the presence of Dagmar Havlová, Mayor of Prague Tomáš Hudeček, Karel Schwarzenberg, Bořek Šípek, Minister of Culture Daniel Herman, and a number of other public figures.
Inviting to dialogue and remembrance of President Václav Havel’s legacy, the memorial consists of two chairs and a round table with a linden tree growing through it. Its likes are already being used for friendly get-togethers in Barcelona, Dublin, and Washington.
Havel’s Place was created in association between the Václav Havel Library, Dagmar and Václav Havel foundation VIZE 97 and the Prague City Gallery, with support from the Prague City Hall, to mark the 10th anniversary of the accession of the Czech Republic to the European Union.