Czech artist ‘gives the finger’ to political establishment
David Cerny’s giant purple hand has been placed on pontoon in the Vltava river
Workers anchor a boat bearing an installation work by Czech visual artist David Cerny in front of the Prague Castle in Prague. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters
A Czech artist known for his anti-communist stance has floated a huge statue of a hand making an obscene gesture on Prague’s main river, days before parliamentary elections that could give the communists a taste of power almost a quarter-century after they were ousted.
David Cerny’s giant purple hand, extending an oversized middle finger, was placed on a pontoon on the Vltava river, near the famed Charles Bridge and visible from Prague Castle, the seat of the presidency.
It would be for the first time since the 1989 anti-Communist Velvet Revolution that the party would get power, at least indirectly.