Art of Czech Republic: bizarre sculptures of Prague

in art •  2 months ago 

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As promised in my Sunday post, I am coming with another piece dedicated to photos that I took during my latest trip to the capital of my beautiful Czech homeland, the city of Prague.

This time around, we will take a closer look at a very distinctive and interesting feature of the city and that is bizarre sculptures. Apart from stunning architecture dating back to long centuries ago, Prague is also famous for numerous pieces of art, including a variety of unusual sculptures and statues ranging from funny to weird and downright creepy pieces.

Designed by various both domestic and foreign authors, these bizarre sculptures are scattered all over the city and I took photos of some of them while roaming the Prague streets.

Without further ado, let me now show you what I captured and also provide you with what I found out about these weird sculptures.


The King Kong Balls

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Let me start this little photo collection out with this giant blue monkey and his, well, highly visible massive golden testicles. Situated on the Milos Forman Square in the center of Prague, this remarkable statue was created by the French artists Denis Defrancesco. Named the King Kong Balls, this installation is a part of Sculpture Line 2019, a renowned annual international sculpture festival.


The Babies

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When it comes to the creepy Prague sculptures, few pieces can compete with The Babies. Created by the famous Czech artist David Cerny, these enormous bronze statues of babies can be found at two locations - most of them are installed on the Zizkov Lookout Tower and 3 more are situated right next to the Kampa Museum in the historic center of the city. Just as if having these giant (3.5 m / 11.5 ft long and 2.6 m / 8.5 ft tall) babies crawling on the ground was not creepy enough, the author of this bizarre artwork decided to replace the babies´ faces with bar codes.


The Memorial to the Victims of Communism

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Found on the Ujezd Street at the base of the Petrin Hill, The Memorial to the Victims of Communism is one of the most famous art pieces of the Czech sculptor Olbram Zoubek. The series consists of 6 bronze figures that are gradually decayed - the first one is complete but the other figures are losing limbs and their bodies are torn apart more and more. The memorial symbolizes the suffering of the political prisoners during the communist era.


The Head of Franz Kafka

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Another masterpiece by the Czech artist David Cerny, The Head of Franz Kafka is a giant outdoor statue installed in front of the Quadrio Shopping Mall in the center of Prague. The kinetic statue is interactive - it changes its shape as it is made from 42 rotating metal panels. Created in 2014, the magnificent bust and its impressive movements has been attracting crowds of tourists ever since.


The Fairies

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Obviously, even fairies can be somewhat creepy when sculpted. Made by the Czech artist Josef Klimes, these three fairies can be found in the Fransiscan Garden in the very center of the city, just outside of the famous Wenceslas Square. Despite the central location, the garden is a very peaceful and quiet place where you can get away from all the hustle and bustle of the nearby busy streets. The garden was probably founded as early as in the 14th century, during the reign of Charles IV, one of the most prominent kings of Bohemia.


The Unknown Man

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Although this weird fella is sitting on a bench right in the middle of the Wenceslas Square, one of the most famous and busiest places in Prague where thousands of people pass by every day, I was not really able to find out much about him. In spite of his mysteriosity, however, this guy is very popular with tourists who love to take photos with him.


Adam and Eve

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Another installation created for the Sculpture Line 2019, Adam and Eve is an interesting art piece by the ambitious Czech sculptor Krystof Hosek. Located on the Jungmann Square, the sculpture refers to the very origins of the mankind and the way we, humans, have been influenced by our intellect and knowledge. The Sculpture Line 2019 festival was open until the end of September but many art pieces will stay where they were installed even after that.


I hope you enjoyed this special photo collection of bizarre sculptures that can be found in Prague. In fact, this was just a little sample as there are dozens of other unusual art pieces to be admired in the Czech capital. All photos of sculptures featured in this post were taken by me.

How about you guys? Have you also taken any photos of bizarre sculptures lately? Feel free to share them with us in the comment section below, I would love to see them :)




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Hezká sbírka. Tu hlavu F. Kavky jsem nedávno viděl, ta je skvělá.
Mě asi nejvíc fascinují obří sochy V. Levého na Kokořínsku, Čertovy hlavy.
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WOW! Skoro ako Mount Rushmore:D

Taky mi to trošku připomnělo :-)

Pamatuju si, jak jsi tuhle fotku dával do Prague/Czech Republic Challenge. Vypadá to opravdu monumentálně. Budu se tam muset někdy vydat :)

Jj, pravda. Můžu doporučit. Je tam v okolí vice soch. Tyhle jsou největší.

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Czech Republic was one of the first countries I biked through besides Germany, still holds some of the best memories to this date! BUT HOW IN THE WORLD did I manage to miss all that awesome art? holy shit. That's really awesome lol.

Haha thanks man :) Well, the art is mostly found in Prague and other major cities and I guess you spent most of the time cycling around the countryside, didn´t you?

Actually spend a whole day in Prague and a few other cities

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I love the mirror head of Kafka .... and i didnt know that prague was so sexual and arty love it !

I like the Kafka´s head too, there is something fascinating about watching it rotate :) Oh yeah, Prague is very arty actually :) Thanks for stopping by!

Wow, there are some relly weird sculptures there!

Weird indeed :)

Pěkné, většinu jsem ani neznal.

Díky :) Jak jsem psal, je to jen takový malý vzorek. Praha je plná (divných :D) soch.

:DD

This was simply amazing. Such wonderful statues, glad you added them all to one post !:)

Thanks man, it was my pleasure :) I am glad to see such a positive feedback :)

Oh wow, thank you so much! :)

Those are some.... interesting... sculptures @phortun, interesting
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Thank you for this nice comment and for your support, much appreciated :)

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Pražák nejsem, ale Kafkovu hlavu nebo děti už jsem na živo viděl...ale teda The King Kong Balls fakt stojí za to 😁
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Jo tak Kafka a "strašidelné děti" jsou už dneska celkem klasika :) Jsem zvědav, jestli tam King Konga a jeho "zlatou chloubu" nechají, nebo ho po skončení festivalu odvezou :D

Jo, psal jsi, že jsi v Praze. Já byl v centru snad naposledy v srpnu, a to tu bydlím...
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