Markéta Jáchimová (CZ) → The Machine

19:00 → 24:00
  • Installation

About project

The contrast between urban and rural landscape, between a human and a machine which can turn into a tool of bad conduct in human hands and a contrast between a peaceful tree and global problems and economic growth. All these are the creative principles behind the light object The Machine which connects architecture with nature and a human with a powerful machine. The object is a critical metaphor and a romanticizing gesture. It points to human greed which causes excessive logging and deforestation. The installation is, however, situated in the vestibule of the Industrial Palace of Výstaviště Praha, which is a symbol of business, industry and international trade fairs. As a result, the artwork becomes an irony, cruelly cynical and inherently ambivalent. The contrast of the natural and the human remains ever-present. The artist treats the topic of ecology minimalistically, and the issue of logging is symbolically stopped in space and time. The Machine leaves a powerful visual impression, but it also issues a warning and reminds us how important and irreplaceable forests are to our planet.

About artist

Markéta Jáchimová is a young artist active in the Czech and Swiss artistic scenes. She studied contemporary sculpture and painting at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and Fine Art and Media at the University of Zurich. She became well-known in 2010, when she placed her politically and ecologically themed ice sculpture of ex-president Václav Klaus in the gardens of the Czech Government Office, where she left it to melt in the sun. Jáchimová comes from the region called the Bohemian Forest, which is also why the topic of the forest belongs to the cornerstones of her work.

Supported by

  • Partner of the installation


  • With support of

    Výstaviště Praha