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: