Metamorphoses On The Streets Of Prague: David Cerny’s Breathtaking Sculpture Of Kafka

Cerny’s sculpture Kafka’s Head is inspired by the idea of transformation, evident from the title of Kafka’s famous novel. It is a monument endlessly changing its shape. We see it turning around its axis; we observe how the parts of its face move against each other so that all of its features double for a couple of seconds; or we watch how Kafka’s eyes become hollow and disappear from his face moving to the back of his head, as if to look at us from another perspective. The sculpture’s constant movement distances it from Kafka’s novel that centers on Samsa’s struggle to adjust to his new condition and not on the process of transformation itself. Cerny’s idea of change is more akin to Ovid’s  Metamorphoses that shows how the characters’ physical transformation take place and how they become different creatures.