Thursday, May 20, 2010

10 Bizzare Sculptures by David Cerny

David Cerny (born December 15, 1967 in Prague) is a Czech sculptor whose works can be seen in many locations in Prague. His works tend to be controversial. He gained notoriety in 1991 by painting a Soviet tank pink that served as a war memorial in central Prague. As the Monument to Soviet tank crews was still a national cultural monument at that time, his act of civil disobedience was considered “hooliganism” and he was briefly arrested.”

He also has a very bizarre website. Well, happy viewing, and of course don’t forget to comment.

Permanent Installation at FUTURA Gallery Prague

You can climb a ladder and stick your head in the sculpture’s arse to see a video of two Czech politicians feeding each other slop to a soundtrack of ‘We are the Champions

year: 2003 material : mixed media height 5.2 m (17.06 ft) address: Holečkova 49, Prague 5, Czech Republic.

“Nation for Itself Forever” (Narod sobe navzdy)

To keep the statue it has been changed more or less due to fear of protests that the project is aimed at National Theater itself.

year: 2002 height: 10 meters high (32.81 ft) (somehow hard to believe, maybe the statue itself hangs in such height, correct me if I’m wrong).

Two Proposals to Outdoor Metro Tunnel

Proposals were made for Station Butovická, however in this moment the development of the project is very uncertain.

(Update: metro tube is already in existence between stations “Hurka” and “Luziny” in Prague. It remains a plain and boring tube and there’s no plan for the change of the design as far as common Prague citizens (including me) know. He was just having fun. – thanks Cirrat).

Two Peeing Guys (Sculpture)

”The idea is disarmingly simple. Two bronze sculptures pee into their oddly-shaped enclosure (Update: actually it’s the shape of the Czech Republic – thanks Cirrat).

While they are peeing, the two figures move realistically. An electric mechanism driven by a couple of microprocessors swivels the upper part of the body, while the penis goes up and down. The stream of water writes quotes from famous Prague residents.

Visitor can interrupt them by sending SMS message from mobile phone to a number, displayed next to the sculptures. The living statue then ‘writes’ the text of the message, before carrying on as before.”

year: 2004 height: 210cm (6.89ft) address: Prague, Czech Republic.

Embryo (Installation)

year: 1996 materiál : metal, foam, LED height: 120 cm (3.94ft) address: Czech Republic, Prague 1, Namesti U Sv. Anny, close to the Charles bridge in Stare Mesto.

Car with Legs (Sculpture)

Svaty Vaclav (Sculpture)

Lucerna Palace’s central atrium is dominated by Czech sculptor David Černý’s dead horse ridden by St. Wenceslas. It is supposed to be an ironic twist on the St. Wenceslas statute in the square outside.

Address: Wenceslas Square, Prague, Czech Republic.

“Hanging out”

This sculpture, more often referred to as the Hanging man was first exhibited at the exhibition “Respekt 97” at the Villa Richter in the Prague’s Lesser Town. Later installed at the Czech Cultural Center in Berlin; Moderna Muset in Stockholm; National Theatre in London; and the Embassy of the Czech Republic in London.

year: 1996 dimensions: 233 x 60 x 45 cm (7.64 x 1.96 x 1.48 ft)

Zhizhkov TV Tower with Crawling Babies

Žižkov television tower is 216 metres (709 feet) high, and it’s the highest tower in the Czech Republic. In the year 2000 Prague was one of the cities of culture and at the time Cerny was living here. He was asked by one guy from city hall if he would be interested in doing an installation for Zizkov. They said, yeah, it’s totally crazy, but we can try it. After one year of going from one clerk to another, with tons of papers, David Cerny got permission to do it. The positive reaction was so strong that city hall tried to make them a permanent installation.


Material : stainless steel, motors, computer driven control centre, water etc height: 9.14m (30ft) weight: 14 tons (28.000 lbs) address: 3700 Arco Corporate Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina live cam:

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Ana Clara Lima said...

very cool

sleep positioner said...

too bad I didn't know of these sculptures when I visited Prague