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Czech Artists will Plant Hundreds of Used Christmas Trees in Izvor

Bucharest, January 11, 2011

A very untraditional artistic installation under the title „Second Chance” will take place in Parc Izvor on Thursday, January 11 between 1pm and 4pm. Two Czech artists Michaela Klakurkova and Jan Zaloudek will re-plant used Christmas trees collected from people and found on the streets of Bucharest.

We live in a world where things are used once, fast, and then thrown away. One of the aims of the installation is to make people think twice before they throw stuff in the garbage,” says Jan Zaloudek.

The installation is being simultaneously made in Bucharest and in the very centre of Prague on the piazzeta of the New Stage of the National Theatre, following a successful installation a year ago. Bucharest is only the second European city where it is being made.

The installation is original, artistic, playful, plus it makes people think. That is why we find the project so special”, says René Kubášek, director of the Czech Centre, which brought the artists to Bucharest and organised the event.

The installation will be made with the help of the volunteers, who will thus symbolically mark the just started International year of volunteering – by “volunteering for art”.

We invite the public to come and join us for this installation on Thursday. They may even bring their used trees and give them a second chance. After the installation is over, the trees will be composted as a biological waste,” adds René Kubášek.

Administration of Parks and  Lakes of Bucharest joined this project, because the Czech artists send an important message to all citizens of Bucharest, to give a second chance to the trees that decorated our homes during the Christmas”, said Radu Popa, General Director of ALPAB.

The installation will be officially opened on Thursday, January 13 at 4pm and will last for a week.  The project was organised by the Czech Centre in Bucharest with the support of Administration of Parks and  Lakes of Bucharest (APLAB) and Bucharest Public Transportation Authority (RATB).

For more information or interviews with the artists, please contact Veronica Angelescu at the Czech Centre Bucharest ///tel: +40 724352927, email: angelescu@czech.cz

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