​Prague Artist Creates New Giant Hand Obscene

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October 22, 2013

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The Prague main river has become a new attraction after a Czech artist, known for his anti-communist stance, has floated a giant statue of a hand making an obscene gesture days before parliamentary elections.

The elections could give the communists a taste of power almost a quarter-century after they were ousted. David Cerny’s huge purple finger was placed on a pontoon on the Vltava river Monday, near the famed Charles Bridge and visible from 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.

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.

It is unclear how long the finger will stay afloat. Cerny declined to say much about the piece, telling the BBC that the sculpture speaks for itself.

Zeman is on an official visit to Ukraine and said he could not comment until he had seen the sculpture, according to the BBC.

The Czech parliament was dissolved in August following weeks of turmoil in Czech politics.

Prime Minister Petr Necas’s government collapsed in June amid a bribery scandal. A government of technocrats — formed by President Zeman in July and opposed by the main political parties — resigned in August.