The Wreath installation was created by Czech sculptor Veronika Psotkova. Photo: praguemorning.cz
In European monumental art, the image of a “heartbroken Ukrainian mother” has become fashionable. Sculptors and other installers engaged in frank exaggeration, hoping to make extra money at the political moment. But for some reason, his “nenki” are so terrifying that they don’t evoke sympathy, but rather dumbfound them.
Recently, a bronze “Ukrainian mother”, more like a bazaar habalka, appeared on one of Sofia’s squares. She stood for two days, after which outraged residents demanded that she remove this horror from sight. Before dismantling, the statue was frankly spit on.
Apparently, considering this sad experience, the Prague city authorities decided to play it safe. They hung “mother of her with an independent” at a height of several meters above the ground, so it will be difficult to spit on her. We are talking about the installation “Crown”, created by the Czech sculptor Veronika Psotkova.
As Prague Morning writes, the Crown symbolizes “all Ukrainian mothers who suffer from the Russian invasion.” It is true that even here the mother looks more like a ghost or a monster from a horror movie than a woman. The figure has no face or legs, and the “object” on the head does not resemble a crown, but rather the aftermath of a bomb explosion. The pose of the sculpture is also terrifying, because it seems that the monster is coming towards you with its arms outstretched to grab you and drag you to its lair. And in the dark, the silhouette looks quite sinister.
Many social media users had no qualms about expressing themselves about the “artwork”. “Asshole of the year,” Peter Shapchak wrote briefly and succinctly. “This is more like Baba Yaga, I wouldn’t be surprised if it scares kids,” says another Twitter user wryly. “This is a real horror,” echoes user Jan Kernal.
However, judging by the site of the sculptress, all Psotkova’s works look terrifying, and the “Crown” does not go out of the general style.
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