If you have ever visited Prague, you have surly been to – or at least heard about – Wenceslas Square, one of the main city squares in Prague. At one end of the square stands Prague’s National Museum and a monument dedicated King (and later, Saint) Wenceslas, who was so famous that Czechs named a day after him.
Right next door to the square itself is Palác Lucerna, an Art Nouveau building which houses restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, a theater, and shops. In what locals call the Lucerna passage (the center surrounding the shops), hangs a mock remake of the statue of St. Wenceslas which can be found in the square.
This statue was made by the well known Czech, artist David Černý. You may heck out more of his controversial art here. This statue is called “The Dead Horse” and it depicts St. Wenceslas sitting on the belly of a horse which is hanging upside down. The legs of the horse are tied like that of a captured animal.
Some Czechs think that this is meant to be a shrine of sorts. Others argue that Černý simply made it in mocking reference to the original. Regardless of the artists intentions, it makes for an interesting piece of art in an interesting city.
Check out these Instagram pictures and decide what you think!
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Art work by David Cerny of Duke Saint Wenceslas riding on an upside down body of a dead horse installed at the Lucerna Passage near Wenceslas Square. This has political meaning and significance according to our guide. Ako naman naisip ang kasabihang "Aanhin pa ang damo kung patay na ang kabayo" ☝️👀 #lucernapassage #praguecity
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