Big Light (CZ) → I’m Leaving the Body

  • Installation

About project

The extensive Baroque complex from the architect Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer, completed in 1737, is being prepared for thorough reconstruction. During the reconnaissance work, a Baroque engraving was found in the archive representing some complicated festivity. The ceremony depicted took place in 1738 right in the building of the original Invalidovna infirmary and some of its elements clearly link it to Big Light. The objects discovered in the yard have already been removed from the archaeological site. This was especially a monumental sculptural rendering of a six-fingered hand of the Big Light symbol. On its surface, the cooperating artists revealed the inscription ‘Lumen Magnum’, i.e. Big Light in Latin.

The approached artists spent several months on the site trying to search for the meaning of individual representations. The site is now open to the public for the first time and visitors can visit the Invalidovna courtyard and explore the still active archaeological exploration with robots that uncover layers of soil. The ceremony, which the artists read from the graphics, is transmitted to the present with the help of incense smoke, laser, noises and sounds by the Rafani art group. Don’t miss the chance to become one of the first mortals to view the unexpected Karlín findings. Take our hand and follow us.

Tickets for the Gallery Zone are available online and on-site at all gallery locations and info points for 250 CZK. Children from 6 to 15 years old and seniors from 65 years of age have 50 CZK discount.

About artist

The Big Light global Initiative has probably much older roots than we have thought. This is evidenced by the unexpected finding of a series of Baroque artefacts hidden beneath the courtyard of the Karlín’s Invalidovna and in the local military archive. The artists Federico Díaz, Rafani, JM Ledgard, Dmitry Nikitin, Jan Hladil, Petr Pufler, Jonáš Rosůlek and Alan Tois are working on the site; they were called up by the Big Light project to deliver a difficult task: to help understand and present this new discovery to the public.

Supported by

  • NPÚ