Head of Franz Kafka

This is our entry in Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #59 – Angles.  The challenge is to photograph something from different angles. While the photographer in our case was standing in the same place, the object being photographed was changing angles.

David Černý’s Head of Franz Kafka stands behind the Quadrio shopping center in Prague, Czech Republic.  The head plus base stands almost 36 feet tall.  The head is composed of 42 stacked stainless steel “slices” that can rotate independently, but are choreographed to deform and reform the face repeatedly.  The slide show below shows the state of the head at 5 second intervals; a complete reforming takes 45 seconds.

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The ten images in the slide show were taken on April 14, 2019. Specs are:

Fuji X100T, ISO 800, f/16, 1/30 sec, 23 mm

21 thoughts on “Head of Franz Kafka”

  1. How creative! Making a moving sculpture that lets you see its every change and possibility without moving yourself. Have to visit Prague – it has been in my mind for many years…just never got there!

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  2. This looks amazing! I haven’t been to Prague for many years – if I ever return there I’ll check this art installation out :o)

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  3. Hi, iballrtw. Great post for this theme! We’ll be in Prague next year, so I’ll make sure to see this. The sculpture makes me think of the creative thoughts of Kafka and how they were always shifting, changing, evolving!

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