One of the Czech capital’s historic fountains will once again cast its colors across Wenceslas Square, at a time when Praguers could use a little extra light in their lives.
The National Museum’s fountain, located at the top of Wenceslas Square, has been inactive for several months but will light up in the shades of the tricolor flag on Friday, May 1 at 8 pm.
“The National Museum would like to point out the cohesion of our nation and recall its importance during these complicated times,” the museum said in a press statement.
From the first of May, pedestrians will be able to enjoy a view of the cascading illuminated running water directly below the Historical Building of the National Museum. The display will be on view every evening until the end of October.
The fountain, which recently underwent a complete restoration, is equipped with 37 waterproof lights, which allow for the creation of up to 20,000 different color combinations. The three-tier structure is made from granite and marble components.
The center of the balustrade above the fountain is populated with allegorical statues representing the lands of the Czech Kingdom.
In the middle, sits the throne of Bohemia with a sword and a scepter. To the left, the river Elbe (resting old man) and on the right the Vltava (a reclining nude of a young woman). On the edges of the balustrade, to the left, sits an allegorical figure of Moravia and, on the right, a young man personifying Silesia.
While the National Museum and all of its buildings are currently closed to visitors due to the restrictions put in place by the Czech government to stop the spread of the coronavirus, like many institutions, it has made a number of its collections available online.