Cafe Neu Romance 2016: Talk: https://goo.gl/G1Hjxy by Petr Skala.
During the robot performance festival Cafe Neu Romance 2016 Petr Skala did the opening talk on the mechanism of the Astronomical Clock in Prague. On the photo he demonstrate the movement of the automaton The Golden Rooster, which was added for 150 years to the Astronomical Clock in 1866,
Petr Skála is a Sculptor and Restorer of tower clocks, who in 1972 graduated from the College of Applied Arts in Prague at the Department of Applied sculpture. From 1972-1991 he worked as a freelance sculptor, and from 1991-to now a days restorer of tower clocks which is licensed by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, and latest from 2009 to now, also Orloj, which is the Czech name for the Prague Astronomical Clock
Petr Skála has earlier made formations of figurative stone and metal, but also lighter genres, along with his colleague M. Kotrba, with who he during the 80s created many large sculptures of animals for children to play with, f.ex. at the Zoo of Usti nad Labem and other places.
Since 1991, he together with his wife Melanie Skálová restored more than 90 historic tower clocks (f.ex. the Clock of the Jewish Town Hall in Prague, the Clock of the Jesuit College in Kutna Hora, the Clock at the castle Dobrís Clock, the Clock of the Church of St. James the Elder in Citoliby, the Clock of Mesice near Prague Castle, the Clock Basilica of St. Wenceslaus in Stara Boleslav, and the Clock of Cathedral of St. Vitus and others).
He has published articles on the issue of restoration of the clock tower in the journal Monuments of Central Bohemia, and also made documentation and written articles about the history and problems of the Astronomical Clock and other ancient tower clocks in the Central Bohemia for the National Heritage Institute.
NTK (The National Technical Library)
CZ-160 80 Prague.