Jindřichův Hradec Museum
An anamorphous portrait of a native of Jindřichův Hradec and master hosier, Tomáš Krýza, the creator of the largest mechanical nativity scene in the world. Krýza’s creche figures in The Guiness Book of World Records and covers 60 square metres. Krýza worked on it for 60 years. It is now exhibited as a permanent exhibition in Jindřichův Hradec Museum. I conceived the portrait as a peek into Krýza’s workshop. A cupboard, a workbench, a chair, a heater, various tools, vices, little chests, cabinets, trunks, a radio, oilcans, scales, keys and rules, coffee mills, washtubs, bowls and trays, a construction set, a small anvil, planes and hangers, saws, ropes and pencils, cogwheels, but I also included several discarded pieces of his creche made by his own hands, little houses, carts, and mechanical parts which made the creche move for a hundred years. Included are also locally made 100-year-old wooden dartboards and 100-year-old newspapers and humour magazines. One can also find various figurines, animal and angel statuettes scattered around, and even little sheep statuettes made by Krýza’s own hands – all this puts together his portrait. The installation is also an homage to Czech DIY culture. The portrait is installed in the sacristy of St. John the Baptist at Jindřichův Hradec Museum and is a part of the local permanent exhibition.