The Upside Down Statue of Wenceslas Riding a Dead Horse is one of the most exciting and provoking statues in Prague. Every tourists, who sees the piece of art gets excited, because it is absolutely unique piece of art. But why does St Wenceslas – the heaven king of the Czech lands sit on a dead horse?
The story of another or better to say a modern statue of St Wenceslas began in 1999 when artist David Cerny decided to install it on Wenceslas square. According to gossips among Prague local guides, original plan of Cerny was to place the Statue of King Wenceslas Riding an Upside-Down Dead Horse in the main Post Office — round the corner in Jindriska street.
The second plan was quite ridiculous – the place the sculpture in front of the original statue of Wenceslas. But that was too much and locals did not allowed the artist to fulfill his plan. And only half a year later he found the solution.
They say, that Cerny got an agreement with the owner of Lucerna Passage, that the statue is the till constitutional monarchy is back in Czechia.
Speaking about the Statue of King Wenceslas Riding an Upside-Down Dead Horse I can’t but mention a few facts about David Cerny. He is the world-known designer and architect, who began his career with painting a Soviet tank in pink color.
He continued creating more and new provoking monuments in Prague. Another quite a popular installation is “Crawling babies” 10 – on Zizkov TV Tower and 3 – by the Kampa Museum. Just on the same side of Vltava you will find Piss statue in the yard of Franz Kafka Museum. But let’s get back to the Statue of King Wenceslas Riding an Upside-Down Dead Horse
Upside Down Statue of Wenceslas Riding a Dead Horse how to find
The upside-down horse is hidden in Lucerna Passage right in the middle of Wenceslas Square. There are 3 entrances, so you will find it for sure going either from Vodickova or Stepanska street. But the best way not only to see the statue, but learn all the most interesting facts. We recommend booking a private tour with a local Prague guide.