8 August 2014
Our first stop on our tour de weird art was to head down to Wallenstein Garden. In addition to being a great place to go for a peaceful stroll, Wallenstein Garden is home to the Czech Senate and to top it all off has an interesting wall/sculpture.
The wall essentially looks like there were a bunch of statues that melted candle like to form a weird conglomeration of drips, disfigured faces, weird animals and other hidden things. Or at least that’s what it looked like on our last trip here, but it now appears that they’ve removed all the faces and animals and all that’s left is just the stalagmite imitating drips.
It was a fairly short tram ride south of the Senate with a decent stair climb to arrive at The Futura gallery to start our mini tour of David Cerny pieces. We almost walked right passed the building and just happened to notice the gallery name on the buzzer. The banner above was small and really non-descript. There was someone going into the building at the same time and noticed or slightly puzzled look as we double checked the address, so he gave a kind ‘gallery’ with a hand gesture thru the door to confirm that we weren’t lost. After wandering through a few other installations at the museum we made our way to easily one of the best pieces of modern artwork ever created. Don’t believe me?
Yep, doesn’t get much better than that. I’m not quite sure how to describe the scene once you stick your head where the sun doesn’t shine, but essentially you had Queen’s “We are the Champions” playing to a video of an old man spoon feeding another old man yogurt. Again, you can’t make these things up.
Not sure if it was coincidence or not, but we now had an appetite, so we stopped for lunch not too far the Charles Bridge at Clear Head for a vegetarian meal. From there we wandered up the street to the Leica Gallery for the Felix Lupa Street Photography exhibition. His work is fantastic the composition and the images were amazing, I wanted to buy a few pieces but realized I could not afford them. The gallery was very nice, I would expect nothing less from Leica, and even included a coffee/wine bar but we had more art to see so we didn’t take advantage of the café.
From here we hoped on the metro and rode over to the Zizkov TV Tower, which is very ugly in this city’s lovely sky line (gotta love communist architechture). But the city is fully aware of how ugly the tower is so they decided to have some fun with it and installed a bunch of David Cerny’s crawling babies on the outside so we had to go check it out up close.
There was a park below the tower with a mini-golf course, we were tempted to play, but I forgot my allerga this morning and wasn’t able to hang out in the park for very long.
For dinner we made our way to Budvarka for a ‘light’ dinner at this traditional style Czech beer hall. We stuck with three appetizers and with a few beers we were plenty full. We did have to laugh when we asked if the dishes were small and we were told yes, I guess it all relative, this is a beer hall so I guess small portions here are large everywhere else.
After somehow finishing our 3 appetizers we hopped back on the tram heading down the hill, and hopped off in front of the large staircase and climbed up to Letna Park for some night photos. It was a good thing we hand plenty of energy not to mention very full bellies as the staircase up would put a Stairmaster to shame. The park does however provide a great view of the city and its many bridges which are lit up beautifully during the night.
We continued wandering thru the park and along some side streets until we arrived at Castle Hill. With an almost full moon and St. Vitus beautifully lit up we were once again reminded why we love this city so much.
Castle Hill at night is a much different experience then during the day. Instead of being surrounded by hundreds of tourists it feels as if you almost have the place to yourselves as there are only a handful of other people wandering the sight after dark. Throw in the stunning lighting of the cathedral and the other buildings and the overall experience is much more enjoyable then visiting during the day.
Today’s Travel: Around Prague: Wallenstein Garden, The Futura gallery, near the Charles Bridge, Zizkov TV Tower, Letna Park, and Castle Hill
Accommodations: Penzion Chaloupka