February 12, 2013

Frantisek Jáích, Eldorado


coloured pictures (may 2008) courtesy of 

Unlike other fairy tale gardens in Europe, this one in the Czech Republic, named Eldorado,  has not grown out into a mega amusement park, full with roller coasters and snackbars, but it still has the atmosphere of the fifties, when its creation was started

Life and works

Frantisek Jáích (1899-1987), who lived in the small community of Hyncice in the north-eastern area of the Czech Republic, in 1957 decided to create kind of a fairy tale garden around his house, just to please himself and possible visitors.

He made scenes of famous fairy tales, like Hansel and Gretel and the witch, Snowwhite and the seven dwarfs, 

still from a Czech tv video (see documentation)

but he also made sculptures of smaller animals, like reptiles, birds, bears and chamois on the rocks as in next picture. 


A special feature of the garden has become its collection of huge sculptures of dino's and


other (prehistoric) large animals, constructed -as far as I understand- by applying concrete to an iron frame.


After Frantisek Jáích died, in 1987, his son Bedrich Thurz has continued taking care of the garden and has taken up further enlargements, in all ways respecting the atmosphere of the site as it has been from origin.

Currently the garden can be visited by the public without paying any admission. It has a small parking place and a kiosk to buy drinks and souvenirs.

Documentation
* Link to the webpage of a Czech TV program with a video of the garden
* More pictures on this Marquel webpage and on the Racjenet website

thanks to Pavel Konecny, who informed me about this site

Frantisek Jáích 
Eldorado
Hyncice, Czech Republic
open to the public, no admission fee,
donations welcome
streetview


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