“You sniff the air and listen to the birds and you realize the animals and trees don’t give a damn about you.”
– Maria Lucia Cruz Correia & Benjamin Verdonck
Nevenka Koprivšek was the wind of change in our city, sometimes she was like a gentle breeze that only inspires slightly, and sometimes she was enthusiastic, rebellious and strong like a storm, pushing the boundaries, or – and this parable might even suit her best – as a hardy tree that grows steadily, adapts, and defies time. Aside from all the people and projects that she has enriched, connected, and driven, one of her biggest victories is the Old Power Station – an empty space that became one of the city’s most prominent venues with her vision, will and actions. And ever since the launching of the theatre in the Tabor’s Old Power Station, she has also been a driver of change in the wider area and the initiator of the first cultural district in Ljubljana. She connected organisations and individuals, and tried to listen to the residents of the district and to all those who visit and use the district in one way or another on a daily basis. She wanted to find out what changes in the organization of life and work, in the use and arrangement of space could provide better living conditions, create a more connected community and a friendlier neighbourhood. Ever since Nevenka passed away, she has remained present in all of us and in her works, her urban and artistic victories. We would now like to inscribe her in the urban space as well, dedicating a small memorial site to her, arranged in her spirit, which will brighten the days of her »locals« and passers by. With the help of Sports Association Tabor and with the permission of the City Municipality of Ljubljana, the initiators – Bunker, Obrat Association and IPoP Institute – will turn a lawn next to the ŠD Tabor sports ground into Nevenka’s Grove. We will design the site together with her family and our partners, and will also take care of the use and maintenance of the grove.
The construction of the memorial grove will begin on Tuesday, August 24 at 6.30 p.m.
Photo: Nela Malečkar
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