This Rotating Head of Franz Kafka is Absolutely a Head-turner

I have to admit that this rotating head of Franz Kafka in Prague is weirdly wonderful. It’s my very first time seeing such a public art installation this amazing! I was at a loss for words the moment I saw this. Boy, I was mesmerized that I didn’t even take photos immediately. Watching the rotating head and figuring out how it works was dizzying. I was not even planning to see or look for this, but I stumbled on it while exiting a mall in Prague.

This Rotating Head of Franz Kafka is Absolutely a Head-turner
Statue of Franz Kafka in Prague

This rotating bust of Kafka is aptly entitled “Metamorphosis.” You can also call it “The Head of Kafka” or “The Head Statue of Kafka.”

This Rotating Head of Franz Kafka is Absolutely a Head-turner
The sculpture is a work of David Cerny.

As you can see, this is unlike other public art you’ll see anywhere in Prague or in the world.

This Rotating Head of Franz Kafka is Absolutely a Head-turner
This Rotating Head of Franz Kafka is Absolutely a Head-turner

The bust has 42 rotating tiers that metamorphose into objects, designs, patterns – or whatever you see. It is said that its constant changes depict the tormenting personality of the Czech writer who lived his whole life with incessant self-doubt.

Bust of FranzKafka
Public art in Prague

The kinetic sculpture is shiny and reflective and is absolutely a head-turner (figuratively and literally)!

Where is it?

You can find it in the busy Quadrio business district in Prague. It’s right above the metro station called Národní třída.

Another Statue of Kafka

If you want to trace Kafka in Prague, you might also be interested in seeing another weirdly wonderful sculpture of him. To describe it simply, this statue shows a tiny, young man sitting on the shoulders of a big, tall guy. If you’ve read Kafka’s short story, “Description of a Struggle,” then, this statue comes to mind.

Statue of Kafka Prague

You can find this public art on Dusni Street, just outside the historic Jewish Cemetery. Kafka used to live on this street where he wrote many of his stories.

Someone told me that if you touch this sculpture, you’ll be back in Prague one day. And so I did! Let’s see if that happens.

Hotel / Hostel in Prague

Look no further – stay at RoadHouse Prague, especially when you are staying for 2 days/1 night only. It’s in downtown Prague, and you can walk to the Old Town Square and Charles Bridge. Famous landmarks like the St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague Castle, and Strahov Monastery Library are less than 2 kilometers on foot. You can book it via BookingHostelWorld, and Expedia.

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A wanderer. A frustrated photographer. Hiker. Lover. Half extrovert, half introvert. Solo traveler.

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