VIDEO: Cool New Spin on David Černý’s Prague Kafka Statue

VIDEO: Cool New Spin on David Černý’s Prague Kafka Statue

You’ve probably seen David Černý’s 45-ton Franz Kafka statue, whether in person by Národní třída in Prague or through a number of viral videos that have spread online since it debuted in 2014. 

The 45-ton statue is a take on Kafka’s Metemorphosis, and features 42 individual metal pieces that break apart and rotate before reforming into a bust of the famed Prague-born writer.

A (very) similar Černý sculpture that debuted in Charlotte a few years earlier doubled as a water fountain, and was dubbed “Metalmorphosis.” 

Last week, MEL Films released a terrific video of the statue that features some inventive editing along with an explanation of the history behind Kafka and Černý’s work.

“[The statue] is meant to distract people from the frustrations of dealing with government employees,” the clip states.

“Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.”

Check out the full video below:


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Dave Park

David Park was born and raised in Baltimore and has been living in the Czech Republic since 2009 after studying journalism in Prague. No stranger to controversial topics, feel free to comment on his articles and let him know how you *really* feel.

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