Michal Krejčík - to Heaven trough Stone
Mr Sing, who lived in the Shuntian prefecture, was a great lover of stones. One day he managed to acquire a large stone that had such strange shapes on all four sides that it seemed domes and gables covered with lush vegetation were rising up from it. Sing was as joyful as if he had found the most precious treasure. He had a pedestal made for it out of purple sandalwood and he placed it proudly on the table in his study. One afternoon, when low clouds heralded the onset of rain, Mr Sing observed with total fascination that a fine mist was rising out of the tiny crevices in the stone. From a distance it looked as if the stone was shrouded in delicate fluff. Several days later, Mr Sing found tiny inscriptions etched into the hollow of the stone. The signs, which were no bigger than a grain of rice, said: ‘The Stone from the Heaven of Pure Emptiness’. This wonderful stone, which shrouded itself in mist when rain was coming, was a discovery from the Heaven of Emptiness, which according to Taoist tradition is the source of the Earth and all things. This miraculous stone is the main hero in the Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio published in 1679 by the Chinese poet Pu Songling (1640-1715).
‘To Heaven through Stone’, the diploma project of Michal Krejčík, a graduate of the Faculty of Art and Architecture of Liberec Technical University, focuses on a transformation of Tiananmen Square (with its Gate of Heavenly Peace) in Beijing. Krejčík deliberately avoids presenting his work as a traditional architecture exhibition with models and plans. In his artistically conceived installation we are able to experience the fundamental essence of his primary sources of inspiration: sacred mountains and the stories that relate to them. In Chinese symbolism, mountains stand between Heaven and Earth; they capture moisture, they are the place where rivers originate, they are home to life and are beneficial to the world. Like clouds, which people worship for their ephemeral character, mountains have become an image of free existence transcending social and political limits. Krejčík’s diploma project won the Liberec Technical University Rector’s Prize, was published in the international internet magazine Designboom and was exhibited at the international festival Architecture Week 2013 staged at St George’s Convent, Prague Castle.
Collaboration Jiří Vorel, ARN STUDIO