Art Out & About: Prague’s Hanging Horse

Things to Do — By Jacy Meyer on June 23, 2010 at 9:06 am

The statue of St. Wenceslas on Wenceslas Square is one of Prague’s iconic images. A must-have tourist pic, the man and his horse are constantly surrounded by snapping cameras. It’s also the meeting place for many locals when going out for the evening – everyone knows it and it’s easy to get around the city from there.

Bad boy artist David Černý designed this statue which is an exact size replica of the one on Wenceslas Square. Here however, the horse seems to be a bit past his prime; although St. Wenceslas appears to be soldiering on. Černý never comments on the meaning behind his work, however based on his many politic statements, it’s safe to assume the theme relates to his view of the country’s future.

The Lucerna complex in which the statue hangs is a gorgeous Art Nouveau gem of passageways and shops. Designed by ex-President Vaclav Havel’s grandfather, the best entrance in which to see the statue is via Vodičová Street.  Also located in this pasaz is the Lucerna cinema, club, gallery and an excellent café. By excellent, I mean for the atmosphere and the chance to sit in the windows behind the horse; people watching those underneath. The service is a bit lax and it can get quite smoky but it’s a classic Prague café experience.

Keep reading future Art Out & About blogs for more of David Černý’s work scattered around Prague.

Photo by Jacy Meyer

Tags: Art, cafe, sculpture

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