Czech artist lets socialist president know how he feels with giant middle finger in Prague
“The finger,” said Czech sculptor David Cerny, “speaks for itself.” On that point, at least, everyone could agree.
Cerny is not known for understatement or diplomacy, from depicting Germany as a network of motorways resembling a swastika to displaying a caricature of a former Czech president inside an enormous fiberglass rear end.
But on Monday, Cerny, 45, took his political satire to new heights – or depths, depending on your perspective – when, on the eve of Czech general elections this weekend, he installed on the Vltava River a 30-foot-high, plastic, purple hand with a raised middle finger. It is a symbol, he said, that points directly at the Prague Castle, the seat of the current Czech president, Milos Zeman.
Cerny said the monumental hand with its 16-foot-long outstretched middle finger, placed on a float facing the castle, was a “scream of alarm” against the state of politics in the Czech Republic, endemic corruption and Zeman, a former leftist prime minister, whom he accused of becoming intoxicated with power. (Photo: AFP PHOTO /MICHAL CIZEKMICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)