An unusual image, but  along the Vltava River it is completely normal. The "horrific dreamlike baby" statue takes a different perspective to describe the communist era in the Czech Republic. (photo by Kyle Jones)

An unusual image, but along the Vltava River it is completely normal. The “horrific dreamlike baby” statue takes a different perspective to describe the communist era in the Czech Republic. (photo by Kyle Jones)

After officially being in Prague for a week, I have walked to many different tourist attractions all across the city. On Thursday night, I decided to venture off into a park right along the Vltava river. Wandering curiously along the river, I had no idea what I might stumble upon.

As I was walking I came across a statue, and it was unlike any other statue that I have seen thus far in Prague. This particular statue was of a bronze, naked baby, and it had no face. I was intrigued and I instantly wanted to know more!

I learned that these statues were designed by sculptor David Cerny, whose sculptures often times draw controversy in the Czech Republic. There were three statues total and they were all the same. Wondering what they represented, I decided to do some research.

These statues are described as “horrific dreamlike babies” that are a symbol of the communist era in the Czech Republic. Instead of having a “typical face”, these statues had bar codes instead. These bar codes were embedded with a number because during the communist era that is what people were considered, a number instead of an individual.

There are a total of ten statues all together. The other seven were placed on the Žižkov Television Tower on the other side of Prague in 2001. The statues placed on the tower take the issue of communism one step further. During the communist era people were considered numbers, who could not advance into adulthood. The symbolic placement of these statues on the tower further enhances the idea that people were trying to better themselves by climbing higher and higher in life, but the communist government would not allow it.

These statues do an excellent job explaining the communist era in the Czech Republic. Venturing off along the Vltava river on Thursday night was very rewarding, and I was able to further enhance my story telling skills at the same time. When in doubt, wander about!

 

 

 

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