Jaroslav Hasek - An equestrian memorial in the Prokopovo Square in Prague

 

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At a Long Last
Even the City of Prague has a statue of Jaroslav Hašek

After Karel Nepraš passed away, his daughter Karolína Neprašová finished the work on the bust. Together with architect Milan Kupka she managed to carry out the sculptor's intent and have the memorial erected in the Prokop's Square in the Žižkov neighborhood.


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Photo © Jan Kliment

Jaroslav Hašek is said to never have ridden a horse. As a Deputy Commissar of the Red Army in Bugulma, he is said to have used a horse-drawn buggy as the means of transporting himself around his jurisdiction. Before World War One and after he returned from Russia Hašek spent a lot of time at tables: writing, drinking, observing, talking to others. Perhaps that is why the first equestrian statue of him could be mistaken for a memorial to a tavern cousin of the quintessential desk jockey ... The horse resembles a chess piece more than a living stallion, and the "buffet"-style, i.e. Prague bistro-style table top at the horse's sides ... one could easily rest his stein full of Czech liquid bread, a.k.a. the best beer in the world on it, while chatting with friends.

 

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What you cannot see in the two photographs above is the importance of the Jaroslav Hašek's equestrian sculpture's  topography. Come back soon to find out the connection between it, Mt. Rushmore, and the Lenin Mausoleum. (The clue is in the image below.)

 

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Photo © Ludvik Hess

Who says there's no progress!


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Photo © Jan Kliment

There are some who opposed the idea of erecting the memorial. A Czech citizen, Stanislav Jíra of Prague, protests in the streets in broad daylight, doesn't get arrested, fired from the job, nor get whacked even once with the Beating Heart of the [Communist] Party, a.k.a. policeman's truncheon. Well, the Communist Party is not officially running everything anymore. Mr. Jíra's poster poses the question: "A Memorial To A Bolshevik Commissar?"  Beneath the title is a list of the author's sins, such as having joined the Red Army and having been it's [Deputy] Commissar of the town of Bugulma. The protestor, Mr. Jíra, told a representative of Brixen, a regional branch of the Czech Press Club: "On my own behalf I want to express that as an author, maybe, but as a man Jaroslav Hašek does not deserve any memorial." Our correspondent says Jíra was the lone protestor in the crowd of people who reacted to the idea behind the statue authored by Karel Nepraš, expressing irony and hyperbole, the same way the world reacts to Jaroslav Hašek's work.
 

Now that the crowd is gone ...

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... come and take a closer look:

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The signature of Karel Nepraš, the sculptor.

 

 

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