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Franz Kafka statue

"This bronze sculpture by Czech sculptor Jaroslav Róna stands between Prague's Church of the Holy Spirit and its Spanish Synagogue. The statue is 3.75 meters high and weighs 700 kilos. Cast by Miloš Vacek´s Bronze Foundry, it was designed by Jaroslav Róna and made in conjunction with the Architectural Studio of David Vávra. The construction of the Franz Kafka monument in Prague is a project of the Franz Kafka Society.

This interesting metal statue is based on a vivid description that appears in Franz Kafka's early short story "Description of a Struggle." Kafka wrote of a young man riding on another man's shoulders through the streets of Prague. In Rona's work, that figure is Kafka himself sitting astride a headless man.

This monument is a very successful realization of the current sculpture art in public open space. As a matter of fact, the placement of the monument in an old built-up area, on a terrain break and on the boundary line of Josefov - a former Jewish town and Prague Old Town, symbolize in a way also Kafka's situation of a German writing Jewish author in the Czech environment. The setting of the monument on a small space is fortunate and in a de facto manner strengthens the absurd humor that the sculpture contains. The sculpture itself is a kind of paraphrase of an equestrian statue - Kafka sits on an empty suit and is drifted to an unknown place."

Prague, 2017

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Taken on April 19, 2017