Hanging Man of Olomouc, Czech Republic

One of the bizarre sculpted works of David Cerny is this ‘Hanging Man’.I stopped stunned seeing a man hanging from a pole sticking out of Town Hall of Olomouc (pronounced OH-la-mootz), Czech Republic. Initially I saw the silhouette and couldn’t believe my eyes; I strained to see if there was any kind of movement. As I got closer I realized it was just a statue, but what a weird one! Since I hadn’t briefed myself about this I was surprised. Books and sites don’t make any highlighted mention of it, meaning the sight of hanging man of Olomouc in Czech Republic was casual.

hanging man of Olomouc

Hanging man of Olomouc

Later going through various websites, I gathered some info about this. This sculpture is often referred to as the Hanging Man. It was first exhibited at the exhibition “Respekt 97″ at the Villa Richter in the Prague’s Lesser Town. Later it was installed at the Czech Cultural Center in Berlin; Moderna Muset in Stockholm; National Theatre in London; and the Embassy of the Czech Republic in London. It finally got its present position in the vicinity of the Olomouc astronomical clock in 1997 .

Hanging man of Olomouc is just one of the bizzare works of David Cerny. If you wish to see more bizarre works by David Cerny, you can click on the link here.

Have you seen anything weird like this? Let me know in the comment box and I will add the link to this post.


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46 Responses

  1. Joop Zand says:

    Good post Indrani.

    greetings, Joop

  2. Renuka says:

    Oh wow! It's really weird! I haven't come across anything of this sort, but nice to see it on your blog!

  3. Wow, he's the best.

  4. Jeevan says:

    That’s interesting and you had great eyes for it!

  5. Sylvia K says:

    This is great, Indrani, and certainly different from anything I've seen before!! Thanks for sharing!! Hope you have a beautiful weekend!

  6. Carver says:

    Perfect blue sky for photographing this unique place. The hanging man is bizarre.

  7. I welcome you very warmly.
    I know Olomouc. This beautiful Czech city.
    Lovely pictures.

  8. Cloudia says:

    Hang in there!


  9. this is the kind of sculpture that would be synonymous with the city its in, don't you think? and the fact that i haven't heard about it until you wrote about it here is saying something. they should put more advertisement on this.

  10. Rajesh says:

    That is very interesting find.

  11. George says:

    I've never seen anything quite like this. I must admit it is unique.

  12. Jim says:

    That's awesome.

  13. wow great to read,Awesome captures.

  14. Fantastic photo ~ thanks, carol, xo

  15. magiceye says:

    Wow!! Very unique!!

  16. Leora says:

    I looked it up, and the man is supposed to be Sigmund Freud. It *is* a funny sculpture.

    In New Jersey, there is a place called Grounds for Sculpture. Some of the more interesting sculptors include George Segal who does realistic people waiting on a bread line and J. Seward Johnson who recreated Impressionist paintings.

  17. Aarti says:

    Wow, fascinating…

  18. Nice Indrani, He seems like enjoying the view from up there!!!

  19. Interesting and unique!

  20. Now that's something completely new..

  21. DeniseinVA says:

    Brilliant post and fantastic photos!

  22. Wow! Lovely sculpture, with an uncanny resemblance to Mahatama Gandhi. Nice post!

  23. Art has many forms and I guess weird is one too anyway the creator has achieved one thing, the statue is addictive.

  24. Nice! It looks like an old Laurel and Hardy movie 😉

    Greetings from the Netherlands,

  25. Mina Menon says:

    definetely not a statue as weird as this !

  26. Gattina says:

    His arm must hurt by the time !

  27. bushra M says:

    Amazing clicks! Very intriguing! 😀

  28. HansHB says:

    So nice, great photos!

  29. Wow, Nice find! looking interesting……

  30. Anwesha Bh says:

    This is probably typical of the region. I saw so many strange statues during my visit to Bratislava.

  31. Think I would be worried he let go, good photo of him

  32. Just returned from a tired days field work and looking for food for thought. Your post is reLLY INTERESTING AND VERY MUCH WORTH WHILE .I must say the sculpture and the photograph both are excellent.

  33. ladyfi says:

    How lovely and quirky!

  34. eileeninmd says:

    Indrani, cool photos. And what a weird sculpture! It does make a person think! Have a happy weekend!

  35. Weird but fascinating.

  36. Sylvia K says:

    Intriguing it is!! I would love to know the "story" behind it — if you do, I hope you'll share it with us! Have a lovely weekend, Indrani!

  37. Hilary says:

    Very cool. I wonder if he's ticklish? 😉

  38. Anna says:

    Gorgeous !!
    Warm greetings, Anna

  39. A stop n see picture!

  40. Beautiful snap!. In my home town Bellary, there was this ritual of hanging a man for few minutes (on shoulders)during Moharaam.

  41. Kamini says:

    Amazing! In Manhattan a few years back, there was an art installation of life-sized statues of people on top of very tall buildings. Looking at them from below one had the terrifying sensation that they were going to jump down!

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