February 12, 2013

Frantisek Jáích, Eldorado

coloured pictures (May 2008) courtesy of 
Cyklistika Krnov, licensed under Creative Commons

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 of roller coasters and snackbars, but it still has the atmosphere of the 1950s when its creation was started

Life and works

Frantisek Jáích (1899-1987) from 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 

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 in 1987 Frantisek Jáích had died, his son Bedrich Thurz took care of the garden He also took up further enlargements, in all ways respecting the atmosphere of the site as existed from the beginning.

Currently the garden is managed by Frantisek Jáich's granddaughter and her husband. It can be visited by the public in the weekends without paying any admission. The site has a small parking place.

* Pavel Konečný and Šimon Kadlčák, Atlas spontánního umění (Atlas of spontaneous art), Prague, 2016 (ISBN 978-80-906599-1-9). p. 227-229
* More pictures on Facebook
* More pictures on the Racjenet website
Article by Radek Labarzewski on his weblog Znalezienie, reporting a visit to the garden in 2017  

first published February 2013, last revised February 2022

Frantisek Jáich
Hyncice nr 33, Moravian-Silesian region, Czech Republic 
open to the public in weekends, no admission fee,
donations welcome

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