Association Braun's Nativity Scene
The association was established on 2. 12. 2013 in order to protect and preserve this precious historical monument, i. e. the sculptural group and relief of Braun's Nativity created in the period of baroque right in the wild nature in the rocks of New Forest close to the town Dvůr Králové nad Labem.
Because the attempts of state institutions fail to bring the expected results in a long run, the association has set for itself following two goals:
- To set conditions for joint coordination of restoration and regular maintenance of the original sculptures and reliefs in New Forest. The major task of maintenance is to ensure regular spraying preventing moss, which keeps build up and destroys this work of art.
- To measure and scan the restored Braun's Nativity into a 3D model and then create replicas of the statues and the sculptural relief in original size. The replicas would be safely stored for the benefit of future generations. It is recommended to keep the originals in their location, since they are an inseparable part of nature and it is not possible to exchange them for replicas.
Chairman of the association:
- Leoš Pryšinger
- RNDr. Krisitna Tomášová
- Jitka Blažková
- Ladislav Machek
- Helena Šecová
- Alena Foltmanová
- Karel Richtera
- Kristián Richtera
- Ing. Vladimír Hynek CSc.
- Prof. JUDr. Ignác Antonín Hrdina, DrSc., O. Praem.
- Johan Dendorfer, president of UN–FOE–PRAE
- Jan Schwarz, editor of the periodical Vlastivědné čtení
Website of association contains information from following references:
- T. Halík: Hrabě František Antonín Sporck a Kuks za jeho doby; Printing Karel Trohoř – issued by the Club of Czech Tourists. Dvůr Králové nad Labem 1905.
- Dr. J. Kropáček: Kuks a Betlém na Královédvorsku; Publishing house of Pavel Körbr. Prague 1921.
- Jaromír Neumann, Josef Prošek: Matyáš Braun – Kuks; National publishers of literature, music and art. Prague 1959.
- Pavel Preiss: Boje s dvoulhlavou saní; Vyšehrad. Prague 1981.
- Jiří Kaše, Petr Kotlík: Braunův Betlém; Paseka. Prague and Litomyšl 1999.
- Emanuel Poche: Matthias Bernhard Braun monografie; Herausgegeben von Hans Jäger. Studienverlag. Innsbruck 2003.
- Gemeindeblatt Sautens – Weinachtsausgabe 2012 – page 21.
- Mr. Ludwig's Auer archive the chronicler of Sautens village.
- Archive of Association Braun's Nativity Scene.