The Glassmaker's Column
Competition – Awarded proposal
A small town in the north Bohemia decided to cultivate its main square, which is now basically just a parking lot and a transition point with heavy traffic. They decided to reduce the car and traffic space, and integrate there also some space for pedestrians. To embellish the newly renovated space, a competition for a dominating statue was organized
The region has been famous for glass production since middle ages. The most characteristic technique is glass blowing. In our concept, we used original molds of different sizes and age to shape the column with the help of their decals, and to tell a story of the craft. The column is made of concrete mixed with glass sand. In some places, the figures of goblets, bottles and bowls penetrate the surface of the column through its relatively thin wall. In the night, the sculpture glows from these small windows like a glass furnace. The column is standing in the shallow fountain, stretching visually its height and referrng to the presence of water in the process of glass manufacturing. We also suggested to change the proposed position of the sculpture from the middle of the residual pedestrian space, to the very center of the square. The verticality of the column thus reacts to the dominance of the nearby baroque church tower and the elevated corner of the art deco post office building.