Vojtech Kopic, Kopicova skalni galerie (Kopic's sculpted rocks)

Status

Extant

Address

Kacanovy, Liberec Region, 511 01

Built

begun 1940

Visiting Information

The sculptures are in a part of the woods that can be freely entered

About the Artist/Site

Vojtech Kopic was born in Vadin, in the Havlickuv Brod area of what was then known as Czechoslovakia. In 1932, after marrying Vera Holubova, he moved to the farm owned by her father in the small community of Kacanovy, located in the area of North Bohemia. Kopic was driven to express himself in the arts; he taught himself to read music and played the harmonium at the farm, as well as the organ in the local church.

In his early thirties, while continuing to make music, Kopic found another way to express his artistic passions: he began sculpting the rocks located in a hilly, wooded area near his farm. With no training in sculpture, he may have been advised by his neighbour, a stonemason, and he used simple tools such as a hammer and chisel. His first creation, completed in 1940, was a chapel adorned with a statue of St. Wenceslas, the tenth century duke who became patron saint of Bohemia.

Kopic continued creating sculptures, mostly in bas-relief, for some thirty years, and completed approximately forty scenes, most of which depict famous people from Czech history (including Jan Hus, Emperor Charles IV, and President Masaryk), as well as saints, scenes from rural life, and both exotic and domesticated animals. One of his reliefs was an organ, with himself standing next to it.

Vojtech Kopic died in 1978 and his wife died in 1985; since that time the farm has been run by the next generation of the family. The sculptures are in a part of the woods that can be freely entered; neither weather conditions nor the visits of many walkers appear to have negatively affected the condition of the sculptures.

~Henk van Es / Zuzana Pernicová



Map & Site Information


Kacanovy, Liberec Region, 511 01
Latitude/Longitude: 50.550669 / 15.14528

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