The Petrin Observation Tower
6. 3. 2013 – 30. 3. 2014
Many people think about creating striking buildings, but only a chosen few get to see their dreams come true. The Merkur construction set allows anyone who can see a larger work in a scale model to become an architect. Towers made from Merkur also offer interesting views from modest heights.
The exhibition, located in the basement of the Petřín Observation Tower, gives visitors the chance to step into the shoes of the people who designed pioneering constructions in the technical “Age of Steam”, as well as learning what it feels like to produce the functional creations of the post-modern age. As inspiration they will find models of the Petřín observation tower and the Eiffel Tower which were built to a very similar design and also a model of the current Strážný Vrch tower, which represents today’s technical and aesthetic achievements. All these models were made using parts found in a Merkur construction set and are perfect technical toys that do far more than just entertain children.
The exhibition has a playroom full of Merkur parts, also, where visitors can do their own building. They may find inspiration in images of contemporary towers, or in simplified diagrams. The exhibition also looks at the events surrounding the construction of the Petřín tower, pointing out the key role played by the Czech Tourists’ Club and the inspiration provided by Paris’s Eiffel Tower. It also shows some contemporary towers that have been built in recent years throughout the Czech Republic. There will be a competition accompanying the exhibition, in which the best model towers made at the exhibition will be awarded prizes, and will become part of the exhibition. Thus, the Merkur phenomenon and the Petřín phenomenon will intersect perfectly.