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Prague is one of my favorite European cities. It’s beautiful, romantic, and filled with history and culture. But my favorite thing about Prague is that it is also filled with quirky, unique sculptures and statues. Here’s a quick look at my nine favorite statues in Prague.
Weird crawling baby statues in Prague
I didn’t know what to think about these giant crawling baby statues in Prague. You can find them in Kampa Park just south of the Charles Bridge. This public art display called Babies was created by sculptor David Černy. While it is intriguing, weird, and kinda disturbing, it is also fun for kids. Literally, kids were crawling up the butts and mounting these faceless babies as only innocent children and drunk people would.
It was actually kind of hard to get a good picture of the crawling baby statues because there were playful children all over them.
Hanging man statue in Prague
The same mastermind who created the crawling babies statues also designed this work in Old Town. The statue, called Man Hanging Out, will make you do a double take. You’ll just be walking down the street, having a Trndlo and then – Bam! – you glance up and see a guy hanging by one hand off the top of a building. The 7 foot statue of Sigmund Freud can be found at the intersection of Husova and Skorepka in a busy tourist district.
What I love about this statue, beyond the fact that it is entirely unexpected and takes you off guard, is that at closer inspection, the statue isn’t as hopeless and tragic as it seems. While the man is dangling by one hand, seemingly seconds from falling to his death, his other hand is casually tucked in his pocket. He literally appears to just be hanging out, as the name of the work implies.
Creepy, cloaked faceless guy
This is another statue that will creep out all who pass by. Positioned on the side of the street in a busy tourist area, you’ll find Il Commendatore, or as I call it, “the creepy, cloaked, faceless guy”. The statue sits outside Estates Theater, often referred to as Mozart’s Theater. It is a depiction of the ghost in the opera, Il Commendatore. But for the slightly less cultured, like myself, it’s just another one of Prague’s disturbingly amusing pieces of public art.
Turning head statue
The Franz Kafka monument is a sculpture in motion. The 42 pieces that make up the turning head statue in Prague are stacked on top of each other in layers. Each piece twists and turns, eventually aligning to form the face of the famous 20th Century Czech writer. The statue is kind of hard to find. It is located in a business district and is tucked back off of the main road, so as a tourist, you somewhat have to be looking for it to find it.
Statue of two guys peeing
This sculpture was right outside of the hotel where we stayed. Also created by David Černy, the same artist who crafted the Franz Kafka Monument and Babies, this statue will definitely make you giggle. It is called Piss, and it’s easy to see how it got its name. The statue depicts two men peeing. Their hips move ever so slightly back and forth. It also doubles as a fountain. You can only guess where the water comes out. 🙂
Upside down horse statue in Prague
Another one of David Cerny’s strange art displays in Prague is housed in the Art Nouveau Lucerna Palace, or rather hangs from the palace’s ceiling. This unique Prague sculpture depicts King Wenceslas riding an upside-down horse. The horse’s tongue is hanging from its mouth, leading onlookers to discern that the horse is dead. the Lucerna Palace is located in Wenceslas Square in the center of Prague.
The Water Sprite Prague statue
The water sprite is not only a weird statue in Prague, it is a folk legend. The legend describes the water sprite as a friendly, kind-hearted ghost. He lives in the stream near the Charles Bridge and can be found coming up from the water to beg passersby for a mug of beer. Those who show him kindness, he rewards with fresh fish. This statue, sculpted by Josef Nalepa, is found on the dock next to the mill wheel at Grand Priory Mill in Mala Strana.
Small man riding on the shoulders of a headless, handless man
Yet another one of the weird Prague statues dedicated to Franz Kafka is the Memorial to Franz Kafka by Jaroslav Rona. You can find this strange statue at the intersection of Dušní and Vězeňská streets. The Prague sculpture depicts a large headless, handless man carrying a smaller man on his shoulders. Apparently the smaller man represents Kafka, and the image of a man carrying another man on his shoulders appears in ones of the famous author’s stories called “Description of a Struggle”.
Broken people walking down stairs statue in Prague
This particular public art display in Prague is a bit different than the others on the list, which is why I have saved it for last. While the statue appears odd, it’s meaning and message is powerful, moving, and heavy. The monument, created by sculptor Olbram Zoubek, is a memorial for the victims of communism. It depicts frail, broken, sorrowful men walking down a set of stairs. Those near the top of the stairs, who presumably endured the most pain and torment from a life lived under communist control, are the most broken and severed. While those closest to the bottom of the stairs, and freedom as one might perceive, are more in tact. Still, I have it on this list, because like the others, when you see it, you may initially raise an eyebrow.
Prague: Home of the peculiar and photo-worthy
These are just a few of the unique and quirky statues in Prague. There are numerous more that we didn’t get around to visiting. Prague is a wonderful place where art doesn’t have to be understood to be beautiful. Beyond these spectacular statues, there are also so many other Instagram-worthy photography spots in Prague. During a trip to Prague, you’ll find yourself constantly taking photos of colorful streets, gorgeous castles, and historical landmarks. The beauty of this city is just one of the reasons I fell in love with Prague.
Have you seen any of Prague’s famous statues? What is your favorite statue in Prague or anywhere else in the world?