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David Cerny's Pissing Men
Prague
Another piece of rude art by David Cerny. Always a crowded location, you would not believe what people do here... toss coins, get barefoot and climb in, grab the organs one in each hand, admire and pose and turn red. This is what video mode on your digital camera was made for.

When left alone the pissing men pee a static rectangular pattern, but this is a high-tech interactive piece of art. You can make them write anything you want with their pee! Seriously!

Take a look at the ground in between the two men, zoom in a bit with the shift key (so cool!) Do you see that square storm drain by the base of the black lamp post? Right in front of it is a small green disk, it's about the size of your foot in real life. This is a plaque in the ground and it has a phone number on it with the words "SMS Peeing Men".

Wait a minute, I actually have the number here: +420 724 370 770. Send an SMS to this number and the men will write it with their pee, just like your name in the snow. You just have to stand there long enough to watch and see them do it, I swear I am not making this up.

Now here's the really smashing detail -- the frame of this sculpture, the little bathtub they're standing in, is made in the shape of the Czech Republic! So, if you're into it, you can text message a word like "LOVE" and they will spell it out, symbolically broadcasting it over the entire country. Either that or they're just pissing all over the country, depends on how you want to see it.

David Cerny is clearly a thinking man. Just go see for yourself and behold the fantastic arrangement on your own. In addition to this, he's done the giant brass babies climbing up the TV tower, the Letna metronome, the Hanging Man (see > for a clue on that one) and has now opened a gallery called the Meet Factory. See those red cars hanging on its front? Yup.

By the way, the door you see in the picture back by that red banner, is the entrance to the Kafka museum. Don't forget to check that out too.

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Uploaded: 04/09/2008
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