Red Crayfish sculpture
Public Art: Red Crayfish sculpture
Also Known As: The Red Lobster
Sculptor: © Unknown
Description: A brightly coloured
red lobster/crayfish sculpture above entrance to Brno's oldest pharmacy.
Location: The Red Crayfish can be found above
the entrance to the pharmacy at the corner of Masaryk and Janske steets, Brno, Czech Republic.
Background: This is the oldest house sign and
pharmacy in Brno. The red crayfish is from the original Pharmacy building which was built around the
middle of the 16th century.
If you look closely on the right side of the building you will find another crayfish on a stone
plate with the intitials GB, they are the intitals to pharmacist Georg Braun who bought the pharmacy in 1620
and who probably placed the lobster above the entrance.
It is believed that since 1365 this corner location has been traditionally
The first recorded owner of the pharmacy Mestan Jake Blum died of the plague in October, 1571.
The pharmacists in 1593 was sued by the city after his wife was caught selling powdered
Spanish Fly as a nematode deterent.
Acknowledgements: A special thank you
Bee for kindly providing the