Glass communicates with light
Václav Cígler, an artist and glass designer, was born on April 21st 1929 in Vsetín. As his parents had been divorced before he was born, he had been raised by his mother and his stepfather, a funeral parlour owner. During the Second World War, both his mother and his stepfather participated in the resistance, they had been hiding a fugitive participant of the Slovak National Uprising and were also helping their Jewish fellow citizens financially. After graduating from a gymnasium type secondary school, he had been studying at the Higher, Secondary and Apprentice Glass School in Nový Bor. From 1951 to 1957, he studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (Praha) at Josef Kaplický´s studio. In the 60s and the 70s, he was the head of the Studio of Glass in Architecture at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Bratislava. He had created many objects of art and works of architecture, for example the glass objects at Prague (Praha) Metro stations Náměstí Míru and Náměstí Republiky.