House of the Suicide and House of the Mother of the Suicide

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House of the Suicide and House of the Mother of the Suicide

House of the Suicide and House of the Mother of the Suicide
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Neighbourhood: Stare Mesto (Old Town)
One of the oldest neighbourhoods in town represents the medieval heart of Prague. It’s no surprise it is bustling with tourists every time of day. Križovnický square, overlooking Charles Bridge with Prague Castle in the background, is probably the most beautiful square in the city. Its unique historical atmosphere of gothic houses and churches, cobblestone streets and squares, and stone towers blend together with the modern era. A vast array of bars, restaurants, dance clubs, international brand shops, galleries and hotels bring life to the old city. With its charming and picturesque cobblestone streets, the nightlife and parties will surely be unforgettable.
How to get there
  • Old Town • 2 min walk
  • Lesser • 5 min walk
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Mikael F
Vantaa, Finland20,281 contributions
A striking suicidal monument
Sep. 2021
This Jan Palach Memorial by John Hejduk was unveiled on January 16, 2016, in Prague.

The work, entitled "House of the Suicide and House of the Mother of the Suicide", honors the Czech dissident Jan Palach.

Jan Palach (1948-1969) burned himself in protest of the Soviet invasion of 1968 and the communist government in Czechoslovakia.

Also, the square in front of Rudolfinum is named after him.
Written 12 September 2021
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Dawn B
San Francisco, CA33 contributions
Powerful monument to a Czech hero
Oct. 2019
I found this to be a powerful monument, in a convenient location. If one doesn't know what the piece represents, it can be baffling. But, knowing it's dedication to Jan Palach and his mother. Jan Palach was a young Czech student who burned himself to death in January 1969, protest at the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. Good to read up on a bit of history of Czech resistance during the communist times in order to fully appreciate this piece of art.
Written 15 November 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK149,272 contributions
Plus one for the memorial to a Czech hero
Oct. 2019
The House of the Suicide and the House of the Mother of the Suicide is a pair of sculptures in memorial to Jan Palach. The memorial features two cube like structures crowned with some devastating looking steel spikes.

I admire the sentiments, but this is way to abstract. Plus one for the memorial to a Czech hero though.
Written 9 October 2019
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Flore
Arad, Romania1,635 contributions
Cubes with spines
Jun. 2019
I do not like the name of the monument and the artistic realization, but the story of this monument is interesting. For those who did not live in a former communist country, does not to understand how difficult, even impossible was, to achieve something against the "great friend USSR". This monument is dedicated to the Czech student who committed suicide as a sign of protest against the Prague occupation by Soviet troops in 1968. The monument was located in this very visible place (near Rodolphinum and Charles Bridge) in 1986, when Czechoslovakia was still a communist country!
Written 5 September 2019
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK608,181 contributions
The story behind the art work.
Apr. 2019 • Friends
If your crossing over Manes Bridge towards the magnificent Rudolfinum you cannot fail to notice these two giant pieces of art collectively known as House Of The Suicide And House Of The Mother Of Suicide.
The two giant cubes topped with a row of spikes are the work of John Hejduk and pay homage to the suicide protest of Jan Palach in 1969 in relation to the occupation of the Czech Republic by the Soviets in 1968.
These two giant spiked cubes are most certainly a talking point,constructed in 1986 by students from the Georgia Institute Of Technology in Atlanta under the supervision of Hejduk they occupy a great position on the riverfront.
I am not enamored of the statues ,its not the type of art I enjoy but I am a big fan of the story behind the artwork, its thought provoking.
Easy to locate on Alsovo Nabrezi, most definitely well worth checking out if your in the area.
Written 13 April 2019
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N H
Newton Le Willows, UK3,284 contributions
Spikey
Feb. 2019 • Friends
If your walking on the promenade along the river you come to these two art works. Both are spiked and one looks rusty. Nice to see but nothing special.
Written 16 March 2019
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IndySig
Indianapolis, IN3,689 contributions
Art
Nov. 2018 • Couples
Well, it’s art and it certainly makes you think. It’s a very large art installation and it in an area that is easy to walk past.
Written 30 November 2018
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Pandamedic
Lichfield, UK5,308 contributions
Walked on by
Oct. 2018 • Couples
We went past here a few times and even stood next to it not knowing what it really was or the meaning of it. It just seems to have been plonked on a corner of a street at the end of the bridge and everyone was just walking by.
Written 3 November 2018
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v0yageur22
Killingworth, CT1,486 contributions
Wow
Jul. 2018 • Couples
We just stumbled upon this incredible sculpture late one afternoon after wandering around Mala Strana and then Old Town--it is visually stunning, historically important, emotionally moving, and incredibly thought provoking.
Written 18 August 2018
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waldorf53
Lytham St Anne's, UK1,244 contributions
Thought provoking
Jun. 2018 • Friends
One of those things you didn’t look for but when you stumble across it and realise what it represents it makes you think and thankful you live in a free country.

It is in the memory of Jan Palach who killed himself in protest of the USSR occupation in 1968.
Written 28 June 2018
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