In Prague there is art wherever you go. You can stop by any grocery store and find sculptures. Walk down any street and you are most likely to see a band preforming traditional Czech music on accordions, basses, and saxophones. But there are only two places you can see the sculptures we are talking about today: David Cerny’s Giant Bronze Babies. And no, that is not the real name of the sculptures. It is, however, what they are.
Cerny is a Czech born sculptor and artist with over ten different sculptures located in and around Prague, my favorites being the giant babies which we will be taking about today, and Metamorphosis, which is said to be a self-portrait. To learn more about Metalmorphosis and it’s name click here.
His work is easy recognizable because of it’s offensive yet amusing humor, many people have called his art hooliganism and some states have even gone to the extent of banning his art to be shown. But even though Cerny got so much negativity towards his art, he remained driven and now has a museum dedicated to his unique style of sculpting located in Prague’s Kampa Park just a couple of steps away from the world renowned Charles Bridge.
Outside of his museum, in the green fields looking out onto the 658 year old stone bridge is where you will find some of his most known and talked about sculptures, the giant babies. Tourists come from all around the world to get a photograph of their babies sitting atop the babies backs. We know, it’s strange. The bronze babies are scattered around the side of the museum crawling on all fours. Their faces look as though they have been smushed with a barcode-like mechanical pattern stamped in the middle, which makes them all the more creepy.
The other place in Prague where you can find nine of these giant babies is climbing up the side of the Zizkov Television Tower in Prague 3 which is also the tallest tower in the country. When it starts to get dark the tower lights up, baring the colors of the Czech flag (Red, white, and blue). The babies on the tower also have the devilish faces of the ones in the park.
Though these giant baby sculptures may seem weird, they are definitely a must-see for anyone visiting or living in Prague.
To learn more about David Cerny and his art click here.