Paula’s (Lost in Translation) challenge this week is Life Size
Other public artworks by Černý that are worth seeking out are his statues of babies. Three of these large statues are at the entrance to the Museum Kampa, and more are on the TV tower in Žižkov. The large, crawling rugrats have disturbing machine-like slots on their faces. These Babies are part of Černý’s project to make the Žižkov TV Tower more beautiful, as it has been named one of the world’s most ugly buildings. A swarm of the mutant babies crawls on the tower’s exterior. At night they are lit up in the colours of the Czech flag.
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What a wonderful installation, to have babies’ bottoms glow at night 😀 Thank you for this fun contribution, Jude. Have fun with your loved ones!
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to post this Paula, your life-size challenge made me think.
How can I forget these? They appeared at Sculpture by the Sea in 2014. Their bottoms are much more visually appealing than the faces, for sure. 🙂
I shall have to revisit your posts to see the faces. I don’t know how I managed to photograph this from behind and not be curious enough to go around to the other side. It was cold in Prague, maybe I was in a hurry to get back to the hotel.
found your facial image and I see what you mean… his work is definitely on the weird spectrum.
They sound a tad disturbing…… 😳
Check the source link Sue and you will see them crawling up the tower. It does look interesting, though I agree the babies themselves are odd!
Just off to check that link, Jude! How’s the weather in your neck of the woods today? A bit wild here….
Wild, windy and horizontal rain! Think it will have to be beans on toast tonight – I don’t fancy heading up to the market! [oh, hang on, I haven’t got any bread…] I was hoping to visit a hellebore nursery today. No chance!
Ugh…horizontal rain Hope you sort your supper out. A few weeks ago I must have had a siege mentality…bought loads of stuff for the freezer, so I can sit tight for a day or three
Haha… yes. Usually I have loads of stuff and can make meals for several days, but I am running the stores down now. I’m sure you know why 🙂
Nota clue, Jude…. 😉
Of course not…
I saw the ones crawling on the TV tower, but only at some distance, through a camera lens. Too far away to take a photo though. I always regretted not returning to go inside, as they are impressive. close up.
Regards as always, Pete. x
Yes, I am sorry that I didn’t visit the TV tower, they look amazing crawling up it (image on the source link)
What an interesting concept. Do you think the babies have beautified the building?
I didn’t visit the TV tower Colline (you can see the image on the source link) – this ‘baby’ was outside a museum near the river. To be honest I’d forgotten I’d taken the photo, I was browsing for something else!
I remember those babies! … although I didn’t take any photos of their backends. There was something odd, but rather compelling, by their blank faces.
I really liked them and, because I’m rather literal, I had thought the museum was actually a daycare because there were so many children playing around in the area. I was later corrected by a tour guide.
I don’t know why I didn’t walk around and take a photo of the face! Prague was so full of fascinating things to photograph. Time I got down to writing about some of my European trips.
I ALWAYS come back from a trip wondering why I didn’t take more pictures – or in some cases, A picture – of *something*!!
Not entirely sure they achieve the “beauty” aim but I would love to se them.
I know what you mean, but they do look kinda cute crawling up the tower.
Who doesn’t adore babies. Interesting concept here. Thanks for you choice, Jude.
The faces are not at all cute Tess – rather disturbing actually. I’m glad I only caught this from ‘behind’
I love sculpture and this one is cute but the ones on the link . . .
what? you like them? dislike them? Prague is full of interesting sculptures and architecture. A photographer’s paradise. Have you been there Gilly?
That was a bit vague wasn’t it? No I’m afraid I didn’t like them at all, starting with the dead horse, way too dark for me. I haven’t been to Prague, I’m sure I’d love it. Oh no somewhere else to add to my list, there’s never enough time – or money!
I guess communism was a very dark period for the Czechs. I still remember the tanks rolling into Prague in 1968 and people standing in front of them holding flags and flowers. I don’t know much about the causes etc I just remember being very shocked. Now I need to do some reading…
I don’t remember that at all, I wasn’t very aware back then, too busy trying to survive I think.
Actually, I prefer the babies climbing up the tower to the one on the ground. I appear to be in a minority….
I wish I had known about the babies climbing the tower then I might have gone to see them. Oh, well.
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