For example David Černý (famous CZ sculptor)'s statue of the "peeing men" could be seen as something tasteless and crude. But I encourage you to look closer. Did you know that Černý is Jewish? And did you notice that the 2 men are peeing into a pool that is in the shape of the Czech Republic?
And what about his sculptures of the "Bronze Babies"? Many would see them as larger than life sculptures in the park that their kids could climb on..... but did you notice that the face of the baby is a UPC barcode?
And then of course we must see the Kafka statue. It was, on the day we visited, like DK's Little Mermaid...surrounded by tourist groups, all listening to stories about it while each person waits his turn for a picture with the famous structure. But do all of those that take their pictures realize what the statue represents? Do they realize that its placement in Prague, only a few feet from both the oldest functioning synagogue in the world (from the 1200s) AND a Christian church says more than just who Kafka was. And the fact that the "suit" upon whose soldiers Kafka rides is faceless says even more...
If you read his bio, you will find references to schizophrenia and mental disease... but if you read his bio carefully, you will FIRST read about his childhood and how his family was systematically destroyed at one death camp or another, it certainly makes you think more about Kafka the PERSON, than Kafka the author with a mental disease.
In fact many literary critics work tirelessly to try and interpret his writings...is it modernism....is it magical realism.... does the fact that his works have so much hopelessness in them mean that there are elements of existentialism in them?? But couldn't we be less literary critical (yes, the English teacher said that...) and FIRST learn of his life before we read his works. I don't think they were meant to be analyzed in the way of traditional literature... I think they were meant to be shared, somehow understood and definitely remembered. But that is just my opinion.
And then last, but not least, on our trip through Prague was the John Lennon Wall. In fact, we spent our last moments in Prague headed to the wall because it was "the last thing on my list we had not seen yet"....The wall represents the constant battle between those fighting for peace in a civilly disobedient way and those against whom they were fighting. Look at the wikipedia link above because it has a fantastic picture that has since been covered... the picture is a perfect way of capturing the word "coexist".
and I love that on this view you can see "FRED" and to most people it looks like someone named Fred tagged the wall with his name....but as soon as Mads and I saw it, we both jumped to the conclusion that a Dane had stood in the same spot as we were now standing because in Danish "fred" means PEACE.