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Art in Prague

Trip Over to the Czech Republic

Everywhere you look there is art in Prague, whether it is in the form of the statues on the Charles Bridge, the architecture of the old and modern buildings, political statements or modern art. Prague is an amazingly beautiful city and the two weeks I spent there was barely enough time to explore everything. Fortunately Prague is a great city for walking, as all the works I mention in this story are easily found without going too far or up many hills, we’ll cover the more far flung and lofty in other stories.

Beautiful things are everywhere, you just come across them. On a bench in Wencelas Square casually sits a perfect bronze sculpture of a man, I can’t find any information of who he is, who created him or what he represents, but I like him. He just sits there in the square watching the passing parade of shoppers, sightseers, and locals, while good King Wencelas looks down from his horse at the top.

Further up through the old town next door to the Spanish Synagogue, in Dusni Street in the historic Jewish Quarter, you will find a statue by Jaroslav Rona, of Franz Kafka being carried on the shoulders of a giant headless man. Based on one’s of Kafka’s stories, “Description of a Struggle”, which tells the story of a political candidate carried through the streets of Prague on another man’s shoulders. But in this case the man being carried is Kafka himself. There are often crowds gathered around this statue, and tour groups stop there, we had a coffee outside a great coffee shop across the road so I could pick my moment to run across and get some photos.

Art is found not just out on the streets and large galleries, small galleries are everywhere, like Inter Art Gallery in Husova Street is worth popping in to. This one showing art by Gor Avetisyan, and run by his sister is really interesting, a very talented family. Beautiful 3D details added to paintings using plaster really bring them to life, and the little statuettes and vases are exquisite.

At the foot of Petrin Hill, not far from where you catch the funicular to the top of the hill, you will find the Memorial to the Victims of Communism unveiled in 2002, twelve years after the fall of communism. The bronze plaque reads, “The memorial to the victims of communism is dedicated to all victims not only those who were jailed or executed but also those whose lives were ruined by totalitarian despotism”. The memorial, created by Czech sculptor Olbram Zoubek, and architects Jan Kerel and Zdenek Holzel, shows seven bronze figures descending a flight of stairs, the further they are from you the more decayed they are, their bodies breaking up, limbs missing. The bronze strip up the middle of the path showing the alarming statistics of those impacted by communist rule, those arrested, those forced into exile, those who died in prison, those shot trying to escape, those executed, a sobering moment in a beautiful park.

On Narodni Street in a small arcade is a bronze plaque showing hands reaching out from the wall, dated 17.11.1989, the date of the Velvet Revolution, this memorial is to the students who were attacked and beaten by the communist police desperately trying to hold on to power eight days after the fall of the Berlin Wall – the day 41 years of communist rule came to an end, and Czechoslovakia became the Czech Republic, 17th November is a national holiday in the Czech Republic.

Man from "Slight Uncertainty"

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Hanging above the street just near our favourite coffee and pastry shop in the New Town area, Boulangerie Patisserie, a man and a woman hanging from umbrellas, called “Slight Uncertainty” by the artist Michal Trpak, they represent feelings during the depression. I guess slight uncertainty would be a bit of an understatement if the only thing stopping you from dropping to the road was an umbrella, but you can imagine where he was going here. Prague is filled with interesting and unusual things, as you amble around the streets don’t forget to look up as well as all around.

There is such great respect for art that they don’t confine it to galleries and museums, it is everywhere, shopping centres, hanging above the streets and in arcades. One piece that the powers that be deemed too offensive to be in public is displayed in the grounds of a private museum. They took it promising to always leave their gates open so the public could access it if they wanted to – and they do, in droves! The fountain called “Piss” by Czech artist David Cerny, can be found in the grounds of the Franz Kafka Museum in Mala Strana. The bronze basin of the fountain is the shape of the map of the Czech Republic, there are two gyrating mechanical “gentlemen” standing in it peeing on their country. Apparently, visitors can instruct the “gentlemen”, by SMS, to write messages in pee, and they do, with much hip swivelling and penis waggling- but that’s another story.

David Cerny has over ten sculptures displayed in Prague, all considered to be slightly offensive but amusing, he has been accused of being a hooligan, and some have tried, and failed, to have his work banned. If you don’t like it, don’t look at it – on the grand scale of offensive things in public, in my view, you’re trying to ban the wrong thing!

After leaving the Franz Kafka Museum walk down through Mala Strana before going under Charles Bridge, on the right is a glass shop, Artel, all things crystal couture are available here. (I bought a beautiful water carafe that I just love on my bed side table, and many pairs of earrings). Then go under the bridge and just to the left is a little shop called Vanda and Valerie, tucked into the wall of the bridge selling the most amazing hand painted mugs, (yes, I bought some!), earrings and other nick nacks, definitely worth taking a look before going to look at the Lennon Wall – the wall’s owners, the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, allow the graffiti, song lyrics and messages of peace to remain there. Occasionally it gets painted over then it all starts again. On the anniversary of John Lennon’s death there is a candle light vigil.

Come back down from the Lennon Wall and continue along the path through Kampa Park on the west side of the Vltava River. The Giant Bronze Babies are near the Kampa Museum, these sculptures of crawling babies all have weird smushed in faces. More of these babies can be seen crawling up the TV tower.

The Kampa Museum houses the sculpture garden, and many more fascinating art works on display inside. Looking out of the window to the river you can see the Yellow Penguins, by the Cracking Art Group, made from recycled plastic bottles taken from landfill sites. The penguins are marching in protest of what is happening to their Antarctic home due to global warming and environmental destruction.

Sitting out on the river at one of the breakwaters is a giant timber chair, made by Magdalena Jetolova called the Vltava Chair, the chair was washed away in one of the great floods and found 50kms down river.

Back across the river in Husova Street, between the Old Town Square and Charles Bridge if you look up you will be shocked to see a man dangling by one hand from a piece of wood jutting out from the roof, at first everyone gasps – is a suicide attempt? No, it’s another of David Cerny’s statues. This one is Sigmund Freud hinting at the powerlessness and hopelessness of man in the modern world, but not willing to let go.

Behind shops near Narodni Trida Metro Station sits an enormous rotating head of Franz Kafka by David Cerny. It has 42 rotating layers and when they all align it forms the Czech writer’s face. There is a cocktail bar nearby, the perfect venue to watch this metamorphosis take place.

Back near Wencelas Square, inside an art nouveau arcade called Lucena Pasaz, just up Stepansha Street opposite the Grand Hotel Europa, there is another David Cerney sculpture, this time possibly mocking the current Czech President, Vavlav Klaus, a frequent subject of Cerney’s derision. Here as King Wencelas sitting in the same pose as King Wencelas on the statue outside in Wencelas Square, astride his horse, but he doesn’t seem to realise the horse is dead, upside down and unceremoniously suspended from the ceiling.

David Cerny never comments publicly on his works – so over to you – make of it what you will….

Book a tour on your Trip Over to Prague

Itinerary for Trip Over to Prague and Berlin

Flights from Sydney to Prague via Dubai with Qantas/Emirates

Stayed for 2 weeks in a beautiful apartment near the Dancing House, found on Airbnb.

Had a driver from On Day Trip pick us up in Prague and drive us to Berlin

Stayed for 2 weeks in Berlin in one of the magnificent penthouse apartments at Gorki Apartments near Rosenthaler Platz U-Bahn Station.

Return flights with Lufthansa from Berlin to Frankfurt, then Qantas/Emirates from Frankfurt to Sydney via Dubai.

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Hyde Park in Sydney, much smaller than Hyde Park in London, but still a lovely piece of paradise in the middle of the city.
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The top of the QVB with the star up in the dome.
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St Mary's Cathedral behind the Archibald Fountain in Sydney's Hyde Park.
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Visit Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens for a calm break just near the cbd.
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The arches and balconies on the 3 upper levels of the QVB, with glimses of the Christmas tree going up to the dome in the centre.
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Not sure how this flower managed to take on this glowing pink look as it climbed through the fence, but I like it!
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The Market St end of Sydney's QVB bathed in sunlight - a rare thing in Sydney these days, we seem to be having a lot of rainy, or just cloudy days at the moment.
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All it does in Sydney these days is rain, but the flowers I walk past in my local area are enjoying it.
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Walking around Sydney there are so many flowers spilling out of peoples gardens.
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Looking down the George St side of the QVB from Market St. Originally built as a market building, now a lovely shop, eat or just admire,
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One of the stained glass windows above the George St entrance to the Queen Victoria Building in the Sydney CBD. The building was originally a market, then left in ruins before being meticulously restored and converted into shops and restaurants.
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The QVB Christmas tree rising up through the floors towards the dome.
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One of the most magnificent buildings in Sydney, not to mention great shopping!
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Christmas is over and we are getting ready for 2022....let's hope it's a good one!
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At the Pitt Street end of Martin Place in the Sydney CBD, the fountain designed by Lloyd Rees in fron of the amphitheatre and the beautiful Commonwealth Bank building. The fountain was in 2 of the Matrix films, and Superman!
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Merry Christmas from sunny Sydney!🎄🥂🥳🎄!!
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Outside the York St entrance to the QVB, showing the fan of stained glass windows, and all the amazing details only see on old buildings. Why can't they make buildings like this anymore????
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The park in the cbd of Sydney that has become my lunchtime breath of fresh air.
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Great balls of Cactus at the Art Gallery Road entrance to Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.
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Construction begins on the Christmas tree in Sydney's Martin Place.
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The front entrance to the old Sydney Post Office, in Martin Place, now the Fullerton Hotel.
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Martin Place in the Sydney CBD, looking from the George St end, over the flower beds full of foxgloves, down towards the fouuntain across Pitt St.
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Top 9 flower pics in Sydney.
Top Row and Middle Row - Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens
Bottom Row - Balls Head Reserve, Waverton.
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Right in the middle of Sydney's CBD, Martin Place has been filled with flower beds full of foxgloves and marigolds, it's not the Chelsea Flower Show, but it looks amazing!!
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Having a whale of a time in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, this new whale installation is growing nicely.
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The base of the QVB Christmas Tree going through the ceiling of the ground floor on it's way up to the dome on the roof.
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The rain ended, for now, and I went to Hyde Park expecting to see all the flowers loving it, but no......they have all gone, trashed by the storms! The Archibald Fountain has construction screens around it and the grass needs some horses, sheep and cattle to move in and eat it!!
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The Great Australian Clock hanging in the Queen Victoria Building in the Sydney CBD.
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A glimpse of blue shy between down pours of torrential rain over Sydney. The Archibald Fountain in Sydney's Hyde Park, with St Mary's Cathedral in the background.
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Field of flowers blooming in Hyde Park in Sydney.
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Not sure what these are going to be when they grow up, but they're a nice spot of colour near the Hyde Park Chess Set. I'll have to go back and see if they have grown up!
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At the George St end of Martin Place in Sydney's CBD, this building used to be the Commercial Banking Corporation of Sydney, now a fabulous Burberry store, looking over the raised flower beds full of foxgloves in Martin Place.
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The Royal Clock, made by English clock makers, Twaites and Reed, hanging in the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney's CBD.
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Lovely lace locked spiral staircase leading to a small locked door in Sydney's QVB - does anyone know where it goes and who gets to go there??
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Looking the other way down Hyde Park's main pathway at the back of the Archibald Fountain and on to Macquarie St.
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Looking across Sydney Harbour from the Royal Botanic Gardens, to Kirribilli House, the Prime Minister's Sydney residence, on the north side of the harbour.
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Martin Place Christmas tree on a sunny Sydney Christmas Day. Merry Christmas!🎄🥳🥂!
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Beautiful gardens just next to the CBD, going down to the harbour and the Opera House.
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Growing in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens, an anteater surrounded by ants.
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Queen Victoria sitting outside the Druitt St entrance to the Queen Victoria Building in the Sydney CBD.
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Beautiful foxgloves in Martin Place Sydney, these flower beds are a lovely way to bring Sydney out of lockdowm.
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And there's the Martin Place Christmas Tree with the star on top.
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These little flowers are loving all the rain in Sydney, me, not so much ⛈!
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The base of the Martin Place Christmas Tree in place ready for the next layer to go up.
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Lights over Sydney during Vivid 2022.
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Beautiful pink flowers to brighten up an autumn day in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.
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Still dreaming of where to travel when the world recovers from Covid.
Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Split.
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