Thursday’s Special

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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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

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  1. What a wonderful installation, to have babies’ bottoms glow at night 😀 Thank you for this fun contribution, Jude. Have fun with your loved ones!

  2. 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. 🙂

    1. 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.

    1. 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!

      1. Just off to check that link, Jude! How’s the weather in your neck of the woods today? A bit wild here….

        1. 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!

        2. 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

        3. 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 🙂

  3. 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

    1. 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!

  4. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. what? you like them? dislike them? Prague is full of interesting sculptures and architecture. A photographer’s paradise. Have you been there Gilly?

      1. 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!

        1. 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…

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