Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Depo2015 - a Space for Creativity and Art in Plzen

2015 marked the year that Plzen was European Capital of Culture. Linked to this, an old bus depot was transformed in a huge exhibition and events space. The outside parking, once used for buses and trolleybuses has hosted events as diverse as street food festivals, giant puppet shows, and an exhibit on public transportation.

The blue tanks are the guardians of the area
The armadillo - Ford Ka is inviting everyone for a visit
The space continues to be alive even now that Aarhus in Denmark and Pafos in Cyprus took the relay as European Capitals of Culture. Depo2015 intends to combine art and culture with entrepreneurship. Inside, it hosts young artists and entrepreneurs who can rent space and tools they need for their projects and meet each other in a co-working environment. Workshops are also organized, teaching sewing and woodworking to the public of all ages.

Probably the most prominent feature of the grounds is the art installation of Čestmír Suška workconsisting of re-purposed beer, water and gas tanks some of which can be climbed for a view of the neighborhood and the river Radbuza, not far from here. Although huge, these metallic structures seem delicate and fragile, almost made of lace.

Some of Suska's work

Map of the area

With a very nice café and the workshops organized here, the old depot is coming back to life and harbors creativity just it once sheltered the city's buses. The Depo2015 is at 15 Presslova street in Plzen, open Mo-Fri 11.00-19.00, Sat-Su 10;00-18.00. It is accessible by trolleybus no. 10, 13 or 14 or as a short walk from the city center.

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