Štěpánská 61(Palac Lucerna)     more than a year ago
Simply called ‘Kun’ (horse in Czech) this upside-down horse with St. Wenceslas astride the belly is an inverted styling of the famous statue lording over the martyr’s own square. Built in 1999, it is one of Czech sculptor David Černý’s older pieces and was originally designed to hang in the Main Post Office on Jindřišská Street. Apparently once installed however the director of the post office declared it ‘was way too much’ – too much of what, he wasn’t clear on. At any rate it was relocated a few blocks away to its current home inside Lucerna Palac. Entering the passage from Vodičkova Street, look up when you pass into the main room. Comparing it to the more regal looking one on the square you’ll see Černý stayed quite close to the original, with the saint’s face retaining its stately expression. Černý’s version of the horse though is rather less regal.


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The story behind the horse is simple. Wenceslaus gor himself a sore bum with all the riding on the horses back. So he used the belly instead for a softer seat.
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