BRNO NEONS - Light garlands in the streets of Brno

  • Winning Design

    VISUALOVE / Jan Machát, Michal Okleštěk, Veronika Šmírová / Brno

  • Contracting Authority


  • Competition Type

    Open Design Contest for Designers, 2 Phase

  • Results

    March 2022

  • Status

    Negotiation preparations

  • Prizes and Sketching Fees

    100 000 CZK - 75 000 CZK - 50 000 CZK + sketching fee 1 x 25 000 CZK


We invite you to an exhibition of the competition designs at the Brno Urban Centre. We are preparing its opening on 30 March 2022.

The competition was held in the Czech language only.

The subject of the competition was the design and subsequent delivery of light garlands in the streets of Brno city center. The newly designed garlands should have artistic quality, be based on current technological possibilities, and be adapted for operation and maintenance in public space.
The aim of the first phase of the competition was to obtain conceptual designs, the emphasis was on originality, economic balance, and artistic quality. For the second phase of the competition, the jury selected four designs, whose authors were invited to complete them.
The competition involves the design and delivery of 36 garlands for five streets (Česká, Středová, Běhounská, Kobližná, Masarykova), which will replace the current garlands from the 1950s.


Svatopluk Sládeček

Jury Chair

After studying architecture at VŠUP, he founded his own studio New Work Studio in Zlín. So far, the studio has realized more than a hundred buildings, in addition to exhibition installations, cooperation with visual artists and scenography. Some of his projects have won awards in the Grand Prix competition of the Architects' Association or the Club for Old Prague. The most significant exhibition presentation of the architectural work of the New Work studio was the exhibition Figurative Architecture for Beginners, which he presented in various variations in Zlín, Prague, Vienna and Belgrade, and the joint exhibition of Svatopluk Sládeček and David Kraus "In the Architect's Head". In addition to his own practice, he runs a studio and lectures at the FA BUT in Brno.

Kristýna Černá

Jury Vice-Chair

Representative of the City of Brno with a focus on tourism and marketing (ODS). Politician and businesswoman. In 2016-2020 she was a deputy of the South Moravian Region for ODS. Graduated from the Business Academy with a focus on tourism. In 2009-2016 she worked as a project manager in the field of European subsidies, currently she is an entrepreneur.

Petra Sošťáková

She studied Industrial Design at the Tomas Bata University in Zlín, during her studies she had an internship at the University of Aveiro (Portugal). Her main interests are lighting design, glass and ceramic products and furniture design. During 2012-2017 she worked as a senior designer at Lasvit. Since 2017, she has been working in the studio P3L1, which she founded with her partner Libor Sost'ák. Light installations are still a significant element in her work today. During her practice she has collaborated with prominent designers and architects such as Tord Boontje, Michael Sodeau, Eva Jiřičná and Bang & Olufsen. Her light installations have been presented at Design Week shows in Milan, Dubai, Shanghai and Zlín.

Michal Froněk

He studied Architecture + Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and is now a professor at his alma mater. Together with Jan Němeček, he founded the Olgoj Chorchoj studio in 1990, which focuses on architecture and product design. From the very beginning, the studio's work has had a very broad scope, ranging from light ready-made objects, glass vases, porcelain sets and titanium jewellery to architectural realisations. Since 1999, they have been running the product design studio at VŠUP together. Olgoj Chorchoj Studio has exhibited at the Moss Gallery and Radio House Gallery in New York, the Vessel Gallery in London, and regularly at Milan Design Week. They cooperate with companies such as Bomma, Lasvit, Moser, Ton, and most of their current projects focus on architecture, reconstruction and public space. They are the authors of urban furniture for Prague, and are currently working for Bohematic.

Helena Lukášová

In 2009 she received her Art.D. degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava. Her dissertation focused on digital sculpture. She studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava and also studied and worked at the Johnson Atelier - Technical Institute of Sculpture, New Jersey, where she gained experience in digital fabrication. As an artist, she looks at the potential of digital sculpture to challenge the traditional understanding of sculpture as a physical object in material form. Her work has been presented internationally. In 2021 she was a member of the jury of the 6th. International Digital Sculpture Competition, organized by the Paris-based institution ARS MATHEMATICA. Currently, she is also the head of the Graphic Design and Multimedia Studio at the Faculty of Informatics of Masaryk University in Brno.

Filip Chvátal

Councillor for Spatial Planning and Development of the City of Brno (KDU-ČSL). He graduated in geography and regional development and also in German and Russian. He completed his doctoral studies in transport geography. He has long been involved in spatial planning and development issues within the city of Brno with the aim of improving the appearance of public space, riverbanks and improving transport in the city. Since 2014 he has also been a councillor of the Brno city district. He is currently a councillor.

Dušan Piják

Head of the Department of Public Lighting and Dispatching of Technical Networks Brno (TSB). He is responsible for the administration and maintenance of the Brno City's public utility system. Since the company's foundation, i.e. since 1998, he has been working as the head of the above mentioned department. Since 2003, he has continuously represented the employees of TSB, a.s. in the elected position of a member of the Supervisory Board. He cooperates with the OI MMB on the elaboration of the "Municipal Standards for Public Lighting" of the city of Brno and on the elaboration of the required light-technical parameters of the "Recommended Luminaires".

Lenka Hejlová


She graduated from the Faculty of Art and Architecture of the Technical University in Liberec. Together with her partner Martin Hejl, she founded Kolmo studio, which designs exhibitions and multimedia installations. For example, for the National Museum they prepared the exhibition Corridor of Time in the newly created underground corridor between the old and new buildings of the National Museum. As part of the multimedia studio Loom on the Moon, they produce animations for Czech Television and other media.

David Grund


Brno City Councillor for Investment (ODS). He successfully completed his studies in economics and management at the American University of South Carolina, following his studies at the Brno University of Technology. He has been active in ODS since 2012. In 2018, he was elected to the Brno City Council, whose meeting held on 20 November 2018 entrusted him with specific tasks in the area of investments.

Marek Fišer


Councillor for Culture (Pirate Party). He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Dutch from the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University and in Tourism Management from Jan Amos Comenius University in Prague. In the past, he worked in public administration. At the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, he was involved in the organisation of the Czech Presidency of the EU Council. Later he worked at the Dutch Embassy in Prague, where he was responsible for international trade and public diplomacy. In addition to his position as Councillor for Culture, he is Chairman of the Committee for National Minorities of the ZMB.

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