Giant wooden “airship” added to top of Prague art museum

The DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague has installed a 42m long, non-flying "Gulliver airship" on its roof.

The steel and wood pod will serve as a space for reading and public discussions of literature related to the themes of DOX’s exhibitions, which are described as "aspects of the contemporary human situation".

The "airship" was designed by Martin Rajnis, and is meant to represent "monumentality and hypnotic dignity that would continue to fascinate generations to come long after they had vanished from the skies, they have always embodied the eternal human desire to fly and have represented a certain utopian ideal".

Wood and steel specialists worked on the design of the ship for more than two years.

Leos Valka, the DOX centre’s director, said: "The idea to invade the DOX Centre’s starkly modern austere concrete-and-glass architecture with a ‘parasitic’ structure has been on my mind for several years. I first dreamed of an absurdly fascinating organic shape that would contrast with the DOX Centre’s existing architecture."

The Gulliver airship will be open to general public on 11 December 2016.

Images via the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art

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