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ČR to present artifact in honour of silver mining at Expo

2010. 26 April

( The Central Bohemia region will present at the Expo 2010 world exhibition in Shanghai a brand-new glass artifact in honour of a rare 15th century miniature depicting medieval silver mining, which the region gained at the Sotheby's auction in London last year.

The region paid an equivalent of almost 18 million crowns for the panoramic frontispiece depicting works in the now defunct Kutna Hora silver mine, east of Prague.

In honour of the illumination, glass artist Antonin Manto Mrnka has created an artifact that is 150 cm high and weighs 80 kg. It will be displayed in the Czech pavilion in Shanghai from July 12 to July 21.

The artifact bears the name "An honour to the illumination or Mining and procession of silver in Kutna Hora." It pays respect to the history of Central Bohemia and also represents the glass craft, a branch with a strong tradition in Bohemia.

The artifact consists of ten separate elements that have been put together.

"The Middle Ages have always attracted me. When I learned about the [purchase of the] illumination...I started thinking of ways to transpose this abstract scene in glass," Mrnka told journalists Friday.

Mrnka specialises in artifact made of glass, cast iron, wood and china. His artifacts have served as gifts to significant personalities, including Pope Benedict XVI and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The Czech pavilion at the Expo, with the Urban Landscape exposition, will present the Czech Republic as a modern, 3rd millennium country at the intersection of cultures, nations and ideas. Its interior is to be a fictitious town full of technological and design surprises and experiences.

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