History of the project My Country – the Path of Changes dates back to 2009. At that time, a group of experts and enthusiasts, who were mostly focused on garden and landscape architecture, decided to encourage the care for public space, landscape and national heritage of the Czech Republic. This is how the idea to promote positive changes of our villages, towns, and countryside was born.
As the organisation behind this initiative (Association Entente Florale CZ – Consonance) is based at Vyšehrad, the historic seat of the first Czech royal dynasty, the place of the promotional activities became obvious. A popular concept of presenting changes through the photographs taken “before” and “after” was chosen soon, too.
In 2015, we are enjoying the 7th year of the project. It annually gives around one hundred examples of changes of neglected places into something new, positive, and useful. The changes are presented as a moving outdoor exhibition that is launched festively at Vyšehrad in Prague in May. It is displayed in this extraordinary place for several weeks and then it moves to different locations throughout the whole Czech Republic.
The changes presented at the exhibition vary a lot in their themes, amounts of investment, and also motivation for the particular change. Many of them are initiated by municipalities, civic associations or private owners of the historical buildings or monuments. The changes cover a wide range of projects, from renovations of public areas in villages through reconstructions of schools and other public buildings, saving of grossly destroyed historical monuments, to recovery of parks, gardens or landscape areas. Some changes cost many millions of Czech crowns, others were worth just time of an enthusiastic group of friends. Many of these changes where co-financed from different grants and donations. Some were made under strict supervision of authorities responsible for preservation of the national heritage while leading contemporary architects and their studios were involved in others. Some of the changes are the results of voluntary cooperation.
Regardless of the variety of the changes presented, they all bring the message of our common concerns about the state of our country as well as our responsibility towards future generations.
Although the whole website is in the Czech language we believe that you can easily browse through images of the changes presented, either through their summary or via an online map. You can also feel the unique atmosphere of this project in the gallery.