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Czech artist David Cerny has made his feelings on the looming prospect of the Communists gaining political influence with a giant purple hand making an obscene gesture

Czech artist David Cerny has made his feelings on the looming prospect of the Communists gaining political influence with a giant purple hand making an obscene gesture

You’ve got to love it when people make massive political statements…like this:

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.

David Cerny’s none-too-subtle artwork was paraded days before parliamentary elections that could give the Communists a taste of power almost a quarter-century after they were ousted.

The artist’s giant purple hand, extending an oversized middle finger, was placed on a pontoon on the Vltava river, near the famed Charles Bridge and facing Prague Castle, the seat of the presidency. 

President Milos Zeman supports a plan by the leftist Social Democrats to form a minority government after the vote with tacit support from the maverick Communist Party.

It would be for the first time since the 1989 anti-Communist Velvet Revolution that the party would get power, at least indirectly.

In the eyes of many people in the country of 10 million people, the Communists are linked to 41 years of repression.

But after decades on the sidelines, the party has escaped the taint of sleaze that has tarnished subsequent governments.

It is unclear how long the finger will stay there.

Cerny has been tight-lipped about the piece but told reporters the gesture spoke for itself. What mattered, he said, was which way it was pointing, reports the BBC.

President Zeman is currently on an official visit to Ukraine and said he could not comment as he had seen it.


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  • Ronnie Chow

    This endearing symbol is also a critical part of the New Zealand Road Code .

  • metalnwood

    Having looked it up, I know that it is real so it makes it all the stranger that it looks like a bad photoshop job.

  • Dick Brown

    Fantastic stuff. If there is one thing that just might save us it’s art.

  • Col

    The old middle finger trick, been with us for so long I can’t remember when,it is an international symbol and no words are needed too describe this symbol.
    I remember driving in Germany, flicked the lights as you do on the motorway as a car was in the middle lane and I need to pass, anyway passed the car and this old lady must have been 90 years old doing a speed of say 120km and she gave me the finger, I kept on laughing all the way to Hamburg.
    They get fined if they get caught doing this now.

  • Gulag

    Czechs now halfway through their escape from Communism, another 20 years to go.

  • timemagazine

    The people’s mentality and way of thinking needs to change first and this is the most difficult part. It will take a few generations probably.

  • Toryboy

    Isn’t it funny how the moment the going gets a bit tough for ‘little’ men and women, they seek soft options in life? someone else must pay for their day to day life
    The communist comeback is rather like the David Cunliffe’s “let’s to back to the 1970s and wave a magic wand to solve all your problems” routine.