Franz Kafka Monument

 Franz Kafka monument, Jaroslav Rona, Prague, Czech Republic 

Public Art: Franz Kafka Monument

Sculptor: © Jaroslav Rona

Architect: David Vavra

Description: The 3.74m tall,  800kg bronze statue is dedicated to Czech author Franz Kafka (3rd July, 1883 - 3rd June, 1924) considered one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. The monument was inspired by his short story "Description of a Struggle" (Popis Jednoho Zapasu) in which he describes a young man riding through the streets of Prague on the shoulders of a man. In Rona's work he chose to depict Kafka as the young man astride a headless man.

Date unveiled: Unveiled in 2004 , 80 years after Kafka's death.

Commissioned by: The Franz Kafka Society

Cast by: Milos Vacek Bronze Foundry

Location: The Franz Kafka monument is located at the intersection of Dusni and Vezenska streets, Prague, Czech Republic.

Things You May Not Know About The Franz Kafka Monument:

The location of the Kafka monument was deliberately chosen not just because it is located opposite where he lived at 27 Dusni Street but because it is inbetween a Catholic Church and a Jewish Synagogue and a short distance from a Protestant church. Kafka had long struggled with his faith. As Kafka, was a Prague born Jew writing in the German language, the statue sits on the boundary line of Josefov, a former Jewish ghetto that was completely surrounded by Old Town (a medieval settlement of Prague).

Kafka's fame only came after his death. He died from starvation as a result of laryngeal tuberculosis, which had slowly closed up his throat.  Ironically he was editing " A Hunger Artist" on his deathbed.

Kafka did not complete any of his full length novels and he burned around 90% of his work. 

Acknowledgements: A special thank you to Silvie Bee for kindly providing the photographs.

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