Czech Republic Hlavní město Praha
Head of Franz Kafka
Monumental kinetic sculpture of the influential writer, created by David Černý, featuring layers that rotate and align to form a complete head.
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The Head of Franz Kafka, also known as the Statue of Kafka, is an outdoor sculpture by David Černý depicting Bohemian German-language writer Franz Kafka. The kinetic sculpture is 11 meters tall and made of 42 rotating panels. It a very tourist spot! It is fascinating to see the panels rotating to become the head.
reinacartagena 3 years ago
David Černý’s “Head of Franz Kafka” features a giant, mirrored sculpture of the author’s head, a man afflicted with depression his entire life. It’s made up of 42 mechanical rotating layers that reflect the constant movement of Kafka’s tortured mind.
travelfreak 4 years ago
Head of Franz Kafka 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!