Giant Floating Hand Flips The Bird At Czech Government

Giant Floating Hand Flips The Bird At Czech Government
Arts & Culture

One artist public shares his thoughts about politics, and gives the ruling power his two cents.

Serena Chu
  • 23 october 2013

Art has always been a medium of expression, allowing people to voice their thoughts, morals, and everything in between. Furious with his country’s politics, Czech sculptor David Cerny turned his thoughts into a public art installation, which currently floats on the Vltava River in front of the Prague Castle.


The 30-foot-high, plastic purple hand with a giant raised middle finger is a satirical piece meant to criticize the country’s ongoing political corruption and power-hunger politicians.

On the phone Cerny said:

This finger is aimed straight at the castle politics. After 23 years, i am horrified at the prospect of the Communists returning to power and of Mr. Zeman helping them to do so.”


Cerny has a track record  of speaking out against the government. He painted a Soviet tank pink to mock the liberation of Czechoslovakia by the Red Army. His caricature of the former Czech president and depiction of Germany as a network of motorways resembling a swastika contributed to his infamous name. He is no stranger to freedom of expression.

David Cerny

Photos by Reuters and Michal Cizek for Getty Images.


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