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Controversial 'shipwreck' tower could soon be Prague's tallest building

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CNN- Skyscrapers can be controversial for many reasons, whether they alter a beloved cityscape or have a negative impact on local communities.

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Welcome Cerny Babies

By Palm Springs Life on Jun 11, 2018 4:07:00 PM

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Following the popular installation of Isabelle by Julian Voss-Andreae in May, the next collaboration between Hohmann Fine Art and Grit Development brought a world-class caliber art installation to downtown Palm Springs, the “Babies,” by internationally renowned Czech artist David Cerný.

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Colossal Naked Faceless Babies Installation

By HOHMANN News Archive on Jun 1, 2018 12:00:00 AM

KESQ News --  An art installation composed of 10, large faceless baby sculptures is slated next week for a public unveiling in Palm Springs.

Czech artist David Cerny’s “Babies” will be officially revealed during a 7 p.m. Tuesday unveiling event at the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel, near where the babies will be permanently housed in a yet-to-be-developed residential building. The installation site, part of the city’s major downtown development project, is expected to be developed sometime by 2020 at the earliest. Until then, the sculptures will remain in an empty lot near the hotel and in front of the Palm Springs Art Museum.

A single baby sculpture was originally featured at the Chicago Museum of Fine Art in 1994, while the full “Babies” ensemble was last seen crawling atop the Zizkov TV Tower in Cerny’s hometown of Prague. The fiberglass and steel babies — stark black and naked with faces that are featureless save for a bar code sunken into their visages — represent “the dehumanization of society,” according to a statement from Palm Desert’s Hohmann Fine Art Gallery, which helped bring “Babies” to the Coachella Valley.

Christian Hohmann, the owner of Hohmann Fine Art Gallery, admitted that the sculptures are bound to be polarizing.

“People will either love them or hate them,” Hohmann said. “Cerny is known to stir controversy and his installations are never mediocre. In any case, this will add an international touch to the downtown development and draw interest in the otherwise empty space.”

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Giant Naked Babies Will Soon Be Seen Crawling Around Palm Springs

By HOHMANN News Archive on May 24, 2018 12:26:00 PM

Desert Sun -- Some people will love them. Some people will hate them.

Either way, the gigantic 8-foot-tall babies that take four or five men to carry are guaranteed to elicit some type of reaction once they’re unveiled in downtown Palm Springs, crawling behind The Rowan. Judging by the conversation on Facebook so far, this is going to be the next biggest must-see, must-photograph art installation since "Forever Marilyn," before she left to make way for the downtown revitalization project.

"The 10 Babies," created by rebel Czech Republic artist David Černý, are currently in storage behind the Rowan Hotel in an underground sandpit where residential units will eventually be built as part of Grit Development’s downtown project. But until construction begins, the "Babies" will be set up in this area, in front of the Palm Springs Art Museum, so people looking down into the pit – especially from the hotel’s rooftop – will see them crawling about.  

“We’re not in this to win a popularity contest but we want to create something that people will remember. Something that touches people, that will stay with them,” said Christian Hohmann, owner of Hohmann Fine Art Gallery in Palm Desert who helped secure the artwork. “Of course there will be ignorant people that will not care, but hopefully  it will bring people to downtown to see it in person.” 

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Czech Floating Finger Sends President Message

By HOHMANN News Archive on Oct 21, 2013 12:44:00 PM

 

The BBC -- As parliamentary polls get underway in the Czech Republic this week, artist David Cerny has floated a huge purple statue of an extended middle finger down the River Vltava in Prague.

 

The outsized purple hand has been mounted on a barge floating on the river.

It is pointed at Prague Castle, the seat of President Milos Zeman.

Mr. Cerny has shocked and mocked politicians and public figures in the past says the BBC's Rob Cameron.

This latest piece is clearly his message to the leftist President Zeman and the political party recently set up by his supporters, our correspondent says.

It is unclear how long the finger will stay there; Cerny himself declined to say too much about the piece, telling reporters the gesture spoke for itself - what mattered, he said, was which way it was pointing.

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A David Cerny Sculpture Walk in Prague

By HOHMANN News Archive on Aug 10, 2012 5:00:00 PM

The Guardian - Cerny's exercising bus sculpture may have delighted Londoners during the Olympics, but in his native Prague lurk many far wittier, more subversive creations. Discover them on this unusual tour of the Czech capital

 

Double-decker buses typically provoke an irksome reaction in Londoners. Crowded, late and plagued with chewing gum-abandoning teens, they are rarely the subject of mirth. However, David Cerny's "London Booster" sculpture – a 1957 Routemaster which does push-ups while groaning – has raised a big, transport-related smile from the capital's commuters during the Olympics.

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