Lacinová, Sylva / Flower (large study)
plaster, height 60 cm, width 90 cm, depth 60 cm, width 90 cm, depth 60 cm
purchased in 2019 with support from the Czech Republic Ministry of Culture
This plaster model originally formed part of a public fountain outside Ostrava’s main railway station. It was removed during reconstruction work, and it has now been installed at an architectural water feature. The sculpture was created in the 1970s to a commission; at the time, there was substantial demand for Lacinová’s architectural sculptures. This piece reflects one of the characteristic features of her work – her fondness for stylizations with an abstract dimension. Lacinová systematically developed this aspect of her sculpture from the early 1960s, and examples of it can be found at numerous outdoor locations in the Czech Republic (such as the 1970 memorial to the liberation of Opava). This sculpture of a flower manifests the neutral quality that predominated in Czech sculpture during the 1970s (under a hardline regime that imposed a political crackdown in response to the 1968 Prague Spring); sculptural works from this era typically featured floral motifs or other elements from the natural world.