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The Birth and Simultaneously Damnation of the Sphere

Lubo Kristek1978

Research Institute of Communication in Art

Research Institute of Communication in Art
Brno, Czechia

The sphere represents the symbol of unity and at the same time the perfect spatial body. Each point on its surface is the same as the other points and is the same distance from the point at its centre. If we choose just one point on the surface of the sphere, we can designate other points in relation to it. One can even compare a person to the shape of the sphere. In the work of art, man represents the microcosm, and so his own shape must correspond to the macrocosm. And for this reason, man corresponds to the universe in his construction. The human soul has even been credited with having the shape of a sphere. Kristek created a sphere as a perfect form in his ceramic sculpture The Birth and Simultaneously Damnation of the Sphere located in the chapel. Here Kristek refined the sphere into a subject of consideration, contemplation and reflection. But at the same time, the sphere may constitute a warning of the uncertainty of worldly life and capricious nature of the bearer of luck, Fortuna.
Barbora Půtová, Charles University
The landscape chappel is placed by the John’s Castle between Podivín and Lednice.

Details

  • Title: The Birth and Simultaneously Damnation of the Sphere
  • Creator: Lubo Kristek
  • Date Created: 1978
  • Location: John’s Castle, Lednice–Valtice Cultural Landscape, Czech Republic
  • Type: Ceramic Sculpture in Architecture
  • Medium: Ceramic
  • Art Movement: Public art, Conceptual art
  • Art Form: Sculpture
  • Credits: Photo by Dušan Rouš

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