SUPPORTING PLANETARY EQUILIBRIUM A
Proposal for an artistic project to be developed in collaboration with the Botanical gardens of
The Botanical Garden of Prague has decided in the year 2007 to create a circle of cosmogrammes
on its ground to celebrate the quality of planetary equilibrium.
The planetary equilibrium in all its aspects is of decisive importance not only for the life of plants,
but also for the life of all living beings on Earth.
The modern human civilisation has started to seriously damage planetary equilibrium through
ecological distress projected upon nature world-wide. To reverse the trend that leads towards
destruction of life upon the Earth, conscious effort towards re-establishing equilibrium on all levels
of culture and natural environment is needed.
The proposed project of a double cosmogramme circle on the grounds of the Botanical gardens of
Prague is an example of conscious effort to support global equilibrium through balancing of
The cosmogramme circle in Prague will have a form of two spirals representing two opposite poles
that balance each other. It will be created by an international group of artists who are familiar with
Creation of cosmogrammes, visual signs that are capable to transmit information beyond the limits
of space and time.
Concept of the double spiral stone circle
Equilibrium means basically that two opposing forces are brought into balance. These two forces
are represented through two spirals enfolding into two opposite directions.
The first spiral is composed of 18 cosmogrammes of which each refers to a particular country or
landscape within Europe.
The second spiral is composed of 21 cosmogrammes, of which each refers to a particular country or
landscape belonging to other continents or oceans of the Earth — to Africa, Asia. Oceania, Australia
For each of the 39 chosen places the participating artists will create a corresponding cosmogramme
that reﬂects the identity of that place. The cosmogrammes will be made in plaster to be ﬁnally cast
from geopolymers (man made stone technologies, looks like natural stone) and arranged on river
stones, creating a form of two spirals (see pic at the attachment).
The ﬁrst spiral is dedicated to different cultural issues so that it represents the human culture, while
the second spiral is primarily dedicated to natural phenomena world-wide. In this way the balancing
of the two spirals also means seeking equilibrium between human culture and Earth’s nature.
Realisation of the work starts with positioning of the first 30 cosmogrammes in the year 2007
(August 2"“ to 9”‘) and continues in the next year. The travelling costs and costs of living in Prague
will be covered by the organisator.
Each of the participating artists chooses two European and three world-wide landscapes/countries
for which he or she would like to create cosmogrammes.