A STORY OF MAN’S SUFFERING AND HOPE

The set of sculptural works A Story of Man’s Suffering and Hope is located on the meadows near Stanovice and Žireč, not far from Kuks.
 
Daniel Klose, Annunciation
Count Franz Anton von Sporck (1662–1738) and the Jesuits of Žireč (a village in north-east Bohemia) originally planned to build the Stations of the Cross as the main Christian landmark in the countryside between Žireč and Kuks. Centuries later, members of an association of makers of nativity scenes in the Dvůr Králové region decided to turn the idea into reality. In 2004 Vladimír Preclík invited other Czech sculptors to join him in creating a set of fifteen ‘Stations’ of A Story of Man’s Suffering and Hope. The traditional scenes, frequently depicted in the past, have thus been made by contemporary artists with invention and experience of art and life at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

This set of sculptural works in the outdoors, A Story of Man’s Suffering and Hope, was made gradually between 2005 and 2008 with funding from the Hradec Králové regional authorities and was opened to the public on the meadows near Stanovice and Žireč, not far from Kuks, on 4 October 2008.

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