Manes Bridge, Vltava River, Czech Republic

Inspired by the 1989 Czech velvet revolution and the historical Charles Bridge in Prague, this temporary installation was initiated by Karam in 1994 and realised three years later. The project concept was based upon a fictitious encounter on the Charles Bridge between two creative giants, Kafka and Kandinsky, and the resulting energy.

In the spring of 1997, twenty steel sculptures, each 5m high, were placed on and around the Manes Bridge in central Prague, in dialogue with the baroque sculptures of Charles Bridge. A lone elephant stood on the banks of the Vltava River and three 10m high giraffes overlooked the installation from the slopes of Prague Castle.

The four-month project was prolonged three months by the Czech President at the time, Vaclav Havel, who related the work to Czech’s liberalisation.