Vaclav Havel bust in the Irish Parliament
The bust of Vaclav Havel was dedicated in the Irish Parliament on June 18, 2015. Havel is the first non-Irishman to be given this honor. The money for the bust was raised by Beta Bajgartova, a Czech photographer living in Dublin. You can watch the documentary prepared for this occasion and listen to the speeches of the Czech Ambassador to Ireland, Hana Mottlova, the Speaker of the Irish Parliament, Sean Barrett, the sculptor of the bust, Marie Seborova, and Bill Shipsey, the founder of Art for Amnesty and the initiator of this honor.
This program was produced by the Houses of the Oireachtas (Parliament of Ireland) for Oireachtas TV and permission to use this by the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation was granted in 2015.
Several cities around the world have created memorials that are dedicated to Vaclav Havel. Washington D.C., Barcelona, Dublin, Prague, Venice, Hradec Kralove, and Ceske Budejovice are among the first, and many more are expected to join. Mayor’s offices in London, Givaataim (Israel), Ljubljana, Zagreb, Oslo, Warsaw, and New York have been addressed to participate in this worldwide project initiated by the Czech ambassador to the US, Petr Gandalovic, and widely promoted by Bill Shipsey, VHLF International Advisory Board member and founder of Art for Amnesty. The idea is to create public space to promote discussion and free exchange of ideas. A “Havel’s Place” Memorial is comprised of a Czech national Linden tree surrounded by a circular table with a seating area that was designed by a prominent Czech architect and friend of Havel’s, Borek Sipek. More information can be found here on the Vaclav Havel Library website: http://www.vaclavhavel-library.org/en/havelsplace
The first bust of Havel was unveiled at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on October 2, 2012. The bust, by the Czech-American sculptor Lubormir Janecka, was dedicated at the U.S. Capitol on November 19, 2014, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.
A bust of Havel by Seborova will be dedicated in Mexico City at the Museum of Memory and Tolerance. The Palace of Westminster and the European Parliament are also considering dedicating a bust of Havel.
Flying Man / Hommage a Vaclav Havel, a tapestry at Prague’s airport
Peter Sis, a Czech-born American artist, designed an Aubusson tapestry devoted to the memory and legacy of Vaclav Havel. It was conceived by Art for Amnesty founder Bill Shipsey on behalf of Amnesty International and supported by five world famous musicians – Bono, The Edge, Peter Gabriel, Sting and Yoko Ono Lennon. The tapestry, measuring 5 x 4.25 meters, is on display in Terminal 2 at the Vaclav Havel Airport in Prague.