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Are you fascinated by the revival of funeral culture? Be part of the open art challenge!

Join the Open call! Design a unique stele and become one of the authors of the Glaz Bridge project. Twelve victorious objects will be selected for implementation! Come do it with us.

In Prague on September 12, 2023, the Glaz Bridge group, production of funerary art, with the kind contribution and support of partners, announced an open one-time art competition for the solution of funeral stelae called STELE WITH HEART / PIETAS III.

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Context of the funeral-themed competition


Physical departure from earthly life is currently perceived by our society as an unattractive topic that stands on the fringes of interest. Since 2021, the Glaz Bridge group has been dedicated to the development of the Funeral Art program, with the intention of paying respect to the deceased through artistic means, as was quite common in the past. In 2023, the implementation of the first part of the project under the name GLASS SOUL / PIETAS I. was completed. The goal was to create a collection of funeral urns using the unique technology of fused sculpture. 21 leading Czech artists from various disciplines took part in its creation, who thought about the function of funerary sculpture in today's society. The collection of urns was exhibited in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague (17/5-17/9/23) and is going on another exhibition tour.

What is Stele?

Based on the success of the Glass Soul / Pietas I. project, we are now proceeding with the further development of the program, namely the Stele with Heart / Pietas III. project. The goal is an artistic rendering of tombstones that were erected instead of monuments on graves in the area of Greco-Roman civilization. A stele (Greek) was a vertical stone object that marked a tombstone, rarely also a monument, and used to be in the shape of a column or a slab. This type of commemorative commemoration of the existence of the deceased or the grave of the deceased underwent various modifications within European civilization; whether it was located in burial grounds or in the open.

Competition assignment STELE WITH HEART / PIETAS III.

Create a stele (funeral object) and pay respect to the deceased with contemporary artistic means. A vertical stele must be designed in such a way that it can be placed both on an individual grave or in an open space (en plein air); private or public (e.g. garden area). A readable area for the burial inscription must be set aside on the stele; name of the event, name of the deceased, year or dedication. In the stele there can also be a sunken covered box for a memorial to the deceased, etc.

*funeral remembrance of a specific person(s) and place

Material of the stele:

glass molten into a mold in combination with the materials stone, concrete, metal,  blown glass, lying glass, possibly other materials.. (every object must contain molten matter)

Height of the stele: min. 0.5 m, max. 2 m

Requirements of the competition proposal*

  1. Written conception of the idea - text: max. 1 A4 page

  2. 3 x sketch, possibly supplemented by a 1:5 model

  3. 1-2 sketches - location in space

  4. Material description

  5. Timetable for production

  6. Implementation realization budget for the stelae

  7. Arrangement of the digital version of the design*

*The proposal in electronic form in CZ or ENG will be delivered by the author to email Acceptance and inclusion in the competition will be confirmed by the administrator within 5 working days of delivery. Alternatively, it is possible to hand over the competition proposals in person by telephone (+420 608 842 717).


  • Observance of confidentiality

  • Unsuccessful proposals will not be published or used for other purposes

  • Legal regulations.

Prizes and rewards

Prizes will not be awarded, but 12 competitive proposals will be selected for implementation in no particular order. The reward for the twelve winning designs will be an enablement by agreement implementation at the cost of the project. As part of copyright fees, up to CZK 500,000 will be distributed. among selected authors. Conditions for concluding a contract for the production of a subsequent order: the production of selected works will be ensured by the Glaz Bridge group together with partners. ​


Submitters of competitive proposals participate in the competition without the right to a fee or payment of expenses associated with participation in the competition.

Important days of the competition

  • announcement: 12. 9. 2023

  • termination: 29. 2. 2024 * Due to the great interest and requests to enter the competition, we are extending the deadline for submission of STELE WITH HEART / PIETAS III. to 30. 6. 2024

  • evaluation and jury meeting: 7/2024

  • protocol and evaluation: 7/2024

  • *exhibition during 4Q 2024

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