First off, Prague is beautiful.
The roads are stone and go in circles, and you can't throw a rock without hitting some sort of ornamental sculpture. There are no functional gutters, they all seem to be gargoyles, or spitting cherubs.
|I had cappuccinos and honey cake almost daily. Look! Even the cappuccinos are full of fun and whimsy.|
|You can see how the tower is hideous compared to the rest of Prague's skyline.|
|But after the Velvet Revolution and in the year 2000, the city had this Czech artist do an installation involving the tower, so he added a bunch of solid black, shiny babies to it. They are crawling all over it to this day. Why? Because.|
|Here is another sculpture by the same artist, David Černý, this is a sculpture of one of Prague's former presidents holding onto a pole above the street.|
My main objective while in Prague was to take this intensive marionette building workshop taught by a Czech puppet master. It was magical. There were about 10 people in the class, all from different countries. We spent 8 hours in the little workshop carving away at our designs and then in the evenings we would go see various puppet shows or puppetry museums.
|In addition to making puppets, we also put on a performance so we could practice using the puppets. This girl is playing the accordion while we practice singing.|
|Here is my finished puppet. I designed him to have a bunch of floppy legs, but Mirek, the puppet master helped me give him a unicycle instead. It works, and the wheel is really squeaky in a way that makes him seem even more evil.|
|Here is our poster for out play, which was so strange that I have no memory of the plot. I think we sang Witchy Woman, though.|
|Here is a shot from a puppet animation studio.|
|There were quite a few of these boxes outside of storefronts. The crank on the bottom animated a scene inside. This one showed a saint being martyred,|
|Weird window displays.|
|It snowed once while I was there. Here is what they do with snow in Prague.|
|My absolute favorite place in Prague was the Divadlo Minor, Prague's children's puppet theater. This was in their waiting area, That room is full of pillows meant for pillow fighting.|
|Here is their logo. So cute.|
|This picture is upside down, but here is another image of the waiting area.|
My lesson from Prague was that art doesn't have to be heavy, you can and should make things just because you can. Joy and whimsy are important.