Statue of King Wenceslas Riding an Upside-Down Dead Horse
A provocative sculpture depicting a revered monarch on an inverted equine meant to challenge tradition and provoke thought.
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An ancient king rides… an upside-down, apparently dead horse. The upside-down horse sculpture is hidden in Lucerna Passage right in the middle of Wenceslas Square. The sculpture is a mocking reference for the King, like other works from Cerny, we can see his humor is quite eccentric.
reinacartagena 3 years ago
Prolific Czech sculptor David Černý is mentioned a few times in this list, because he’s mastered weird and quirky art. One of his most famous is the statue of St. Wenceslas riding a dead upside-down horse in front of the National Museum.
travelfreak 4 years ago
Statue of King Wenceslas Riding an Upside-Down Dead Horse Guides
- reinacartagena (Reina Cartagena ) If you decide to go for a walk around Prague you'll end up finding one of these weird and unusual sculptures around the city. Most of them done by famous artist David Cerny! So get ready to be surprised.
- travelfreak (Jeremy Foster) You’ll only spend a few hours in beautiful Prague before you realize that the fairytale city isn’t just about perfectly preserved Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture. Beneath that pretty surface is a quirky, tongue-in-cheek, politically-charged art scene with some unforgettable pieces scattered around the city. Local artist David Černý is one of the most noteworthy appearances on this list, as his edgy (and often controversial) pieces are renowned around the world. But there’s a lot more to discover too, from colorful street art to eerie statues to graffiti-covered walls. Some are found close to other historic highlights; others will take a little more work to find. That’s half the fun!