At times art that is intended to depict the true flaws of society is often subjected to criticism and controversy. Moreover, it is hard to pertain something to art, if it is constrained by political or cultural opinions. Although, many artists choose to stay away from politics, there are few, who relentlessly never stop to project their rebel nature into public consciousness. An internationally famous Czech sculptor, David Cerny, is one of them.
He became famous for his notoriety back in 1991, by painting a Soviet Tank in pink, and displaying it as a memorial in the centre of Prague. That was a symbol of foreign occupation that lost power. In 2002 David designed a 33 ft golden statue of a man crouched over and holding his organ with the nozzle on the end. The fountain was supposed to steam out of it periodically, adding unsettling sexual nature to the figure. This statue was positioned on the top of the most famous theatre in Prague, just before the referendum about Czech entering the European Union. This piece of “art” caused negative resonance in public; therefore, had to be modified. Yet, this was David's urge to depict the adverse sides of his own country and people. Theatre has always been a symbol of cultural growth and moral highness. A scene of nude young man playing with his organ near the theatre is revolting and unsettling. Nevertheless, the sculptor positions it right in the centre of the capital, as if to say that people of his country are oblivious to theatrical art and do not affiliate themselves to any cultural status. David wants other European countries to be able to see this. Apparently, there are more ideas the artist is trying to portray; the inability of theatre to bond with the public and the unwillingness to address the realities of modern society on stage. People perceive theatrical performances as being boring and outdated. Therefore, the statue profoundly represents that.
There is no doubt that David Cerny is very smart and talented sculptor. His work is prominent, conceptual, and will never stop to resonate on the deepest levels of public mind.
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