6 bizarre sculptures you should not miss when in Prague (Guide & Explanations)

"The horse"
Hi there! Today I decided to write about something that makes Prague special and different from other European capitals; about some things that you may pass by and don't give any importance to, or can be simply thought to be some ordinary sculptures placed to decorate the city, but have an extraordinary, odd & interesting significance.

So, today I'm going to introduce you to David Cerny and some of his works that can be easily checked out in the centre of Prague. (Find below the map)

But first, who is David Cerny? A 48 year old extravagant artist born in Prague. Shortly, a cool, creative, but controversial man.

I'll present 6 of his works and give you an idea about how you can organise your tour around the city centre in order to meet his extraordinary art 'babies'. So, let's start!

The horse 

The horse is actually an informal name for the meeting place in front of the statue of St. Wenceslas on the back of a horse in Wenceslas Square. Obviously, there is a connection between this statue and the horse of David Cerny placed in Lucerna Palace. But there's difference between them - Cerny's horse is upside-down! The meaning of it was not clarified by the artist, but there are two interpretations. According to one, modern Czech people do not give anymore significance to their past, so history is not given much credit when it comes to national identity. Another theory, more perplexing, is that this sculpture is an allusion to Vaclav Klaus, a former Czech president with some controversial ideas that Cerny didn't appreciate, for example - regarding homosexuality. Want to see Vaclav Klaus stealing a pen (oops!) while on an official meeting in Chile? Check THIS video on youtube.
(Place: Lucerna Palace)

K


I'm pretty sure you've heard about Franz Kafka, but maybe you missed one detail - he was born in Czech Republic. Does the Metamorphosis tell you something when you look at this sculpture? I love to read, I love literature, but I couldn't finish his Trial. And this moving sculpture describes perfectly the feeling you have when you read Kafka.
(Place: Spalena Street)

Hanging man



Another famous man born in Czech Republic is Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis. And this is whom the sculpture represents. He suffered from a phobia of death and asked his friend, a doctor, to administer him some morphine, so he can die. There are two interpretations about this one. A more specific one says that it shows how difficult for intellectual people is to live in a world that does not fit their idea of life. According to the general one, the hanging man underlines a truth - there is no much distance between normality and insanity. 

When it was put on public view in Chicago and South Korea, people thought the man was real and called emergency - there is a man trying to commit suicide!
(Place: Husova Street)

Embryo


Although I love all of them, I have a particular love for this embryo, because it's related to the process of creating art and being an artist. The embryo positioned in a drain-pipe is the piece of art or the artist itself, while the drain-pipe is the world. Close-minded world. The world through which it's difficult for art and artists to get through.
(Place: Na Zabradli/ Theatre on the Balustrade)

The Babies


These bronze babies were part of a project aimed to make Zizkov Television Tower more beautiful, in occasion of Prague being European Capital of Culture in 2000. Now they can be seen both on Kampa Island, just by Charles Bridge, and crawling on the tower, which is, if truth be told, considered the second ugliest in the country. The figures of these faceless babies are connected to the totalitarian regime. They've got no identity, no adulthood.
(Place: Kampa Island)

The piss


This may be the most shocking one from my list. Two men peeing on the shape of Czech Republic, and not just peeing but writing with their pee quotes from famous people of Prague. You can also send them a message and they'll write it for you. No joke!

Considering that it expresses the idea that Czech people are not loud enough when it comes to being proud of their Czech identity or not being proud at all, I'm surprised it's placed in an area where lots of tourists come.
(Place: Franz Kafka Museum)


To make it easier for you, I prepared a map with the localisation of all these places and an ideal route to discover them. Check it HERE.

Have you appreciated already which one is the most interesting?

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