Saturday, August 6, 2016

Falconry and Kafka

 Traveled through the "beautiful Czech countryside" to Chateau Jimneste. After touring the interior of the house we were invited to a falconry display

Back in Prague Lynne and I rushed to see to a busy shopping center in Prague, this twisting and reflective sculpture depicting the head of writer Franz Kafka is the latest kinetic artwork by controversial Czech artist David Cerny.

 Installed in 2014, the enormous mirrored bust is comprised of 42 independently driven layers of stainless steel and weighs in at some 45 tons. The piece brilliantly reveals Kafka’s tortured personality and unrelenting self doubt that plagued him his entire life.

The layering of objects is a common motif for Cerny who built a similar rotating head that also functions as a fountain titled Metalmorphosis.

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