A giant purple hand moored on the River Vltava in Prague has been causing a stir in the Czech Republic.
The middle-finger salute to the Prague Castle, the seat of President, is the brain-child of Czech artist David Cerny known as much for his provocative, outsized art as for his anti-communist views.
Some residents give it two thumbs up, but others felt it went too far.
“The whole David Cerny creation is made to provoke. Young people like him a lot and this piece depicts what the young people think precisely. It’s good,” said one local posing for photos near the sculpture.
Another local explained his distaste for the art work:
“I don’t like it because this symbol as we all know is disparaging and because it points to the castle it is even worse. This shouldn’t be done.”
The artist delivered his message just four days ahead of parliamentary elections which could see communists shaping the next government if opinion polls are to be believed. An abominable thought for David Cerny.
“The piece is about “castle politics”, it can be called government politics which aims after 23 years at a new government where communists will be present, which I – and hopefully many more peole – consider shameless and horrible,” he explained.
President Milos Zeman on a visit to Ukraine has yet to comment on the piece which is set to remain in place until Friday when elections begin, but officials may get their hands on it before then.