Kristof Kintera’s new work Memento Mori:
“Of One’s Own Volition”

Jiri Svestka Gallery

November 18, 2011

Kristof Kintera’s new work Memento Mori:
“Of One’s Own Volition”

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Kristof Kintera’s new work Memento Mori: “Of One’s Own Volition,” consists of a modified street lamp, which is turning its light in an upward direction from its location beneath the Nusle Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic.

Employing a minimal sculptural gesture, the work invites passers-by to turn their eyes upwards and spend a quiet moment contemplating life’s ups and downs, which in certain tragic cases cause people to make irreversible decisions.

Symbolically, Kintera’s sculpture is located beneath a bridge from which hundreds of people have plummeted to their deaths over the course of its history. Incomplete, official statistics puts this figure in the range of 200–300 suicides.

Memento Mori: “Of One’s Own Volition” is not the only artwork of its kind in Kintera’s artistic practice. A close “relative” is to be found in Tilburg in the Netherlands, where he used a similar approach to produce the work “Miracle.”

Memento Mori: “Of One’s Own Volition” is located in the Folimanka Park beneath Nusle Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic.

With thanks to: Jana Cernochova, Member of the Chamber of Deputies and Ivo Slavik

Kristof Kintera is represented by the Jiri Svestka Gallery.