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THE INSTALLATION IS CURRENTLY BEING REPAIRED. THE BEETLE WAS SUPPOSED TO LIVE AGAIN IN MIDDLE OF DECEMBER.
Brumlovka location has its own “BEETLE”
The unique moving installation by artist David Černý, “Brouk” or “Beetle”, is an original welcoming feature of Brumlovka locality. The almost seventeen-metre-high, eight-metre-long and three-and-a-half-metre-wide sculpture depicting the legendary Porsche 911 automobile impaled on a large pin like a beetle in an entomological collection. Even the opalescent colour is a reference to the multicoloured insects living in nature. The sculpture is comprised of eleven moving segments that move with the help of hydraulics. The BEETLE is located by the exit from the expressway on Vyskočilova Street by the Alpha office building and thanks to its shape and colour, it is easily visible from many directions. It took nearly two years to make. The investor in the work of art is Koncern PASSERINVEST.
hy a moving car? Its location by the Prague expressway, my ambivalent relation to the car on one hand, the dark side as a societal fetish, on the other hand a heavy addiction to the iconic Porsche 911 automobile since my childhood. Ferdinand Porsche, a native of Liberec, is the spiritual father of the popular VW Beetle. But few people know that he found inspiration for this fundamental design in the work of another constructor, the Austrian chief design engineer for Tatra, Hans Ledwinka, who lived and worked in Kopřivnice for many long years. His Tatra V 570 was even the subject of litigation between Tatra and VW after the war, a strange story. Of course, the Porsche 911, this beautiful piece of automotive design, is based on the Beetle. So, it is kind of a Czech/German automotive jumble.” David Černý
The sequence of the movement : 2x per hour - starting every quarter and three-quarters (6:45, 7: 15, 7:45, 8:15 8:45 and so on) and it moves for 6 minutes, every day from 6:00 am until 11:00 pm