REDISCOVERED LANDSCAPE / VÝŠKOVICE
22 July | Wednesday 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Presentation of a land art installation by Recovering Landscape, an international landscaping project. Community Bread Festival and a concert by the Topos ensemble.
The first record of the village dates back to 1273 and refers to it as Viskovici. Throughout the entire era of manorial lordship, Výškovice fell under the monastery of Teplá. The village comprised farmyards, many of which represented valuable examples of half-timbered vernacular architecture. The Baroque Chapel of Our Lady of Good Counsel is still standing on the former village square. After 1945, the interior equipment and furniture from the 18th century disappeared from the chapel. Growing in front of the chapel is a memorial lime tree, about 200 years old. The only reminder of the former Goethe memorial of 1931 is a boulder which used to feature a marble plaque commemorating the poet's visit to the local area on 21 August 1821. All of this disappeared after 1970. The village saw its heyday around 1930 when it had 183 inhabitants living in 33 houses. In the 1960s and 1970s, it became completely depopulated and the houses were pulled down. The only preserved and restored farm that can be found in the village today is Farm No. 2. The path leading to the Boněnov intersection is lined with a gorgeous alley of horse chestnut trees and a magnificent view of the Upper Palatine Forest can be enjoyed on the way down to Boněnov.
Recovering Landscape / Rediscovered Landscape
As part of the Landscape Restoration in the Borderlands project, an international landscaping call was announced which resonated with people interested in this subject globally. The village of Výškovice by Chodová Planá became a model territory. In July 2014, a workshop was organised for the five best teams selected by an international committee. The best land art project was implemented in May 2015 right in Výškovice and will be promoted through the Bread Festival in Výškovice – an encounter around a huge larch table (a part of the land art installation). The programme offers a common sit-down with refreshments, a discussion with the author of the project, Klára Salzmann, and her guests, Baroque music, a concert for the landscape performed by the Topos ensemble near the Baroque Chapel of Our Lady of Good Counsel and an event called the Flower Garden, intended to brighten the former villages with colourful flowers. Visitors to the event are welcome to bring young plants from their back gardens and plant them at the original farmyard site which used to belong to one of the farms, where the winning project has been implemented.