Sculptures re-enact peace signing

NINE wooden sculptures depicting the signing of a historical peace agreement in Bratislava were recently erected on the courtyard of the Old Town Hall in Bratislava. The project marks the agreement's 200th anniversary and is called Bratislava Peace 1805-2005.

THE POWERFUL politicians sign the Bratislava Peace.
photo: Jana Liptáková

NINE wooden sculptures depicting the signing of a historical peace agreement in Bratislava were recently erected on the courtyard of the Old Town Hall in Bratislava. The project marks the agreement's 200th anniversary and is called Bratislava Peace 1805-2005.

The peace treaty was signed between Napoleon Bonaparte and Austrian Emperor Franz I at the Mirror Hall of Bratislava's Primate's Palace. It followed the battle of Slavkov (Austerlitz) in 1805. French Foreign Affairs Minister Charles Maurice Talleyrand and Duke Jan Lichtenstein, an Austrian representative, also signed the document. However, Napoleon broke the agreement and four years later bombed Bratislava from the Petržalka side of the Danube.

The Bratislava Peace sculptures were created in the garden gallery of one of the artists, Alojz Machaj, in Plavecký Štvrtok. They are made of poplar and linden trees and each is the work of a different sculptor.

"As a sculptor, I mainly do sacral work, so I had to study a lot of history for this," Machaj told the SME daily.

The idea to celebrate the occasion originated last Christmas. In order to be as faithful as possible to the event, Machaj consulted experts on the historical aspects and visited the city's archives. Then he gathered together the artists, also from the Czech Republic. The sculpture of Napoleon, for instance, is a work by three Czech sisters - Jana, Lada and Květa Rejmans.

The Czech Republic, especially the town of Slavkov, is also interested in hosting the exhibition.


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