Franz Kafka, Strange Statue in Prague

When I first set my foot in Prague I had no idea about this city except that it is capital of Czech Republic. I was devouring the sights of the city at a fast rate, new things, old structures, architectural splendors… a mix of old and new.

Franz Kafka on Shoulders

Looking at one particular statue there, I was stunned motionless. Look at the picture. A huge sized, headless, hand less man carrying another man on his shoulder. I had no idea what this meant. I love to travel for this one reason; you don’t know what you are going to stumble on in the next street.

Franz Kafka
I came back with just the pic of name inscribed there: Franz Kafka and lots of pictures. A museum dedicated to Franz Kafka is situated close by which I deliberately had to give a miss due to lack of time. Franz Kafka is one best writers of twentieth century. The statue was installed there in 2004 almost 80 years after the death of this writer.

It is an unusual sculpture of a mini-Kafka riding on the shoulders of a giant empty suit.  The sculpture is designed by sculptor Jaroslav Rona. The sculptor of the statue Jaroslav Rona found inspiration for his work in Kafka’s early short story “Description of a Struggle”. The author explores a fantasy landscape from the shoulders of ‘an acquaintance’. The ground under Franz Kafka statue has form resembling the legs of an insect, which recalls his short story “Die Verwandlung”. Reading this book may help understand that the man sitting on a faceless body represents the struggle with bureaucracy. Do let me know if you have chanced on this book.

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40 Responses

  1. Joop Zand says:

    Very good shot Indrani…..well done.

    greetings, Joop

  2. Sylvia K says:

    I haven't read the book, but I have read something about it — somewhere?? Fascinating statue and a great capture as always, Indrani!


  3. Vaish says:

    Nice and interesting sculpture…Prague is a beautiful city..Walking along Vltava river, one can feel really romantic!

  4. Kim, USA says:

    Your post is interesting to read and that statue is unique. Thanks for sharing.

    The Beach

  5. Hazel says:

    That is one unique statue.

  6. George says:

    I have read some of Kafka's works, and this statue seems perfectly appropriate.

  7. Nice3 description….

  8. SueAnn says:

    Wonderful sculpture….this book I have not read…but I love the statue.

  9. Ash says:

    A very interesting statue – thanks for the story as well.

  10. ashok says:

    I briefly got the idea behind the statue as soon as I saw it…your explanation proved my intution right…amazing work of art!

  11. Aarti says:

    Read the title and was reminded of Kafka on the shore by Murakami…

    Lovely sculpture and the place seems so fascinating.. an aunt=uncle who visited prague said it was mind blowing… 🙂

  12. Vetrimagal says:

    This is amazing . unique statue and a beautiful picture.
    Thanks for sharing.

  13. Innovative! so much out if the box. Great find

  14. Strange and very interesting… thanks for sharing In 🙂

  15. Always like the way you present the background info of the pics. 🙂

  16. The statue of this great writer too is very Kafka-esque! His body of work is very different …mixing reality and fantasy very well.

  17. Sneh says:

    Wow.. this is interesting..

  18. Nice shot! I want one of those riding suits too 😀

  19. Gowtham says:

    Picture looks intriguing and so do the description. Very interesting post Indrani 🙂

  20. Kala Ravi says:

    Hmm, interesting.I want to know more now…!

  21. Arun says:

    Quite an interesting statue!

  22. Indeed a unique picture..

  23. Yogi Saraswat says:

    The statue of this great writer too is very Kafka-esque , what a great idea Sir ji .

  24. SDR says:

    It was good to know about a writer, a sculptor and a sculpture through your post.
    Thanks for sharing

  25. The sculpture is a great illustration of meaningful art! Loved it..
    Thank you Indrani for making us appreciate this tribute to Kafka!

  26. Arun says:

    An interesting statue.

  27. Mridula says:

    I was wondering how I missed your Prague trip and then saw the date. Have not red the book!

  28. Sapana says:

    Interesting Sculpture, It catches attention and makes you think on it for a while.

  29. Very innovative sculpture! Lovely post.

  30. Bushra says:

    Wow! So intriguing!! It’s a masterpiece. Thanks to you, I got to see something this unique! 😀

  31. Bookmarked…Such astrange statue simply intriguing. Thanks for sharing

  32. magiceye says:

    This is so interesting!

  33. Chaitali says:

    Something different on Kafka

  34. Jyothi D'mello says:

    Prague has quite a few abstract/contemporary statues isn’t it? I once saw (and read about) The Hanging Man and found it interesting. Franz Kafka is now added to me newly acquired art knowledge list 🙂 Great click too Indrani x

  35. Wow! What a stunning statue. Loved reading the history behind this statue. Thanks for this wonderful post dear 🙂

  36. Wool Gatherer says:

    The Metamorphosis, the English translation of his book. Can’t say it’s my favourite. The sculpture does capture Kafka’s ideas well 🙂

  37. Ami says:

    Quite philosophical and intriguing.

  38. Interesting.. The statue appears to be unique in respect of the meaning conveyed.. Thanks for sharing!

  39. matheikal says:

    Kafka is one of my favourite writers. Nice to see this.

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