Petr Šedivý, the sculptor, created several works for the Prague metro. However, the most famous design is the fountain ‘United Europe’, which was finished in 1981 for the Jiří z Poděbrad square.
The inspiration for this project, according to Šedivý, was the project of the General Peace Organization – ‘Peace Treaty in All Christianity’. This project was initiated by the Czech King Jiří z Poděbrad. The theme and decorations of the libretto – “Jiří z Poděbrad – Czech King” correspond to the specifications of the metro station.
One of the most interesting aspects of its design is its metaphorical sculptural realization of the extruding ventilation cylinder that sits in that same square. The vent is located in the immediate proximity to the monumental fountain and the metro building. These two particular pieces of work have served as a visual inspiration for several artists, of the current generation. The works of artists such as Philip Topolovac, Epos 257 and Pavel Šebek were influenced by the Sculpture.
Unfortunately, these structures and spaces are in a poor and dilapidated condition, and the impending restoration of the square is being postponed repeatedly.
Text by Barbora Slavíčková
1981Monument - fountain
2018 Monument - fountain
1981 The Prague Public Transit Co. Inc.
2018 The Prague Public Transit Co. Inc.
Form of government
1981 Socialist Federative Republic
2018 Parlimentary Republic
Spatial Planning Agency
Type of heritage and protection
1981 Not recognized as heritage
2018 Not recognized as heritage