Memorial of Ján Hollý in Bratislava

Authors:  academic sculptor  Ervín Staník   architect  Jozef Huntier

carried out 1981

The constructive dialogue focused inter alia on the significance of the person of the poet Ján Hollý, an important representative and a supporter of defenders of the Slovak official language, who praised the national history of the Slovaks, and that being so, of all Slavic nations, a poet, who had a cordial relationship with and a comprehension for the simple rural people.

          Ján Hollý had a good and a friendly relationship with the young sympathizers of Štúr, who decided to codify the Central-Slovakian dialect as an official language. Their decision was also approved without any reservation by Ján Hollý, who, relative to this, was visited in February 1843 at his vicarage in Dobrá Voda, by Ľudovít Štúr, Michal Miloslav Hodža and Jozef Miloslav Hurban.

          On the basis of these aspects, the outline of the idea, the idea-creative animation of the memorial, its overall expression (the sitting bronze statue, expressing a poet contemplating over the creation of his works) were founded. The architectonical pedestal is constructed proportionally, in relation with the size of the statue, and is made of the whole panels of polished granite. On a widened and proportionally material architectonical plinth, a sitting statue looks monumental, relaxing and with dignity, which is adequate to the person of Ján Hollý, the national activist.