Finding Art and Absurdity in Prague
Having tried and failed at taking a vacation before baby, we are now vacationing with baby in the Czech Republic. The first week, we joined with Carolyn’s maternal grandparents, “Janie” and “Big” and hit all the major historic attractions in Prague. We spent a day in the beautiful Český Krumlov, then headed back to Prague to continue our vacation with just our family of three. And now, we’ve been in the Czech Republic long enough that even the tourists are getting on our nerves. We find ourselves busily pushing through the crowds on the Charles Bridge to reach some obscure destination. And I think it’s safe to say, we have developed an unhealthy dependence on croissants, pastries, pies, and various sweets that are displayed in seemingly every shop window.
With all the major attractions under our belt, we went in search of some hidden gems. We found the most interesting items right under our nose (or should I say, right over our head).
Others required a bit of searching, like this David Cerny piece of two men urinating in a pool shaped liked the Czech Republic.
And still others we stumbled upon in strange places most tourists don’t go. I wish I could credit the artist of the statue below, but I neglected to jot down his/her name at the student art museum where it was housed.
Speaking of David Cerny, he is one weird dude. But despite that, I found myself going out of my way to see various pieces of his that are on display throughout the city. Cerny even has a moving piece in Charlotte called “Metalmorphosis” that some NC natives may recognize (click here for a You Tube demonstration of this one). A lot of his pieces are disturbing and you want to look away, but you can’t. I guess that’s one reason he is successful.
And in the spirit of post-modern art, we attempted to create our own living art masterpiece. Not sure how much this was appreciated by the staff of the palace gardens though. They just don’t have an eye for this sort of thing.