A functionalist public restroom in the city of Brno may soon receive protected heritage status, models present a fashion line made of garbage and the Octopus is dead - will the Ray have better luck? Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
A young couple from the town of Hradiště in Moravia got the shock of their lives when builders working on their new home discovered that the whole estate – which they’d recently bought – was located on an ancient burial ground dating back to Great Moravia, a Slavic state that existed in Central Europe from the 9th century to the early 10th century. Archeologists were delighted with the find and immediately set about digging up hundreds of old graves. The view that the young couple now have from their bedroom window is positively spooky – open graves stretching as far as you can see with skeletons resting in their depths. While some would pack their bags and run this young couple – Nina and Radovan Šobovy – are taking the upheaval in their stride and hope to be able to move into their new home for Christmas. The archeological work may take a few years yet, which means that they will be looking at open graves a while longer – but hopefully by the time their first child is born they will have turned the former graveyard into a blossoming rose garden.
It may only be a toilet - and a dilapidated one at that – but it may soon rise to new heights. A functionalist public restroom in the city of Brno dating back to the 1920s could soon receive protected heritage status and be restored to its former glory – architectonically speaking, of course. The functionalist restroom designed by architect Oscar Pořiska in 1926 is a unique construction of its kind – located underground and partially lit by daylight through a number of glass walls and partitions. The restroom served the public until the late 1980s but is now in a sorry state with many of the glass partitions broken and the original toilets damaged. Other valuable public restrooms in Brno, built of cast iron at the beginning of the 20th century, have been dismantled and are stored at the local technical museum awaiting reconstruction. Well, architectonic pearl or not, I am sure that both the locals and tourists will be glad of any additional public restrooms that are opened. The lack of these facilities in Prague and other big cities is one of the most frequent complaints made by visitors.
A most unusual fashion show was held in the Krkonoše Mountains last week to raise awareness of a growing problem in nature - littering. The models wore dresses made exclusively of the kind of garbage that hikers and tourists leave lying around. The garbage line was made of plastic bottle tops, plastic bags, scratched CDs and empty cans. Not really models that one would die for – but all for a good cause, so let’s hope people get the message!