Old storage tanks get new life as huge sculptures in Prague 6

Two new sculptures by well-known artist Čestmír Suška have popped-up on Ladronka.

Tom Lane

Written by Tom Lane
Published on 09.11.2020 15:00 (updated on 09.11.2020)

Two new sculptures have popped-up on Ladronka, using metal from old liquid storage tanks. According to Blesk, the designs were made by the artist Čestmír Suška and have been lent to the area free of charge for the next 18 months.

The two sculptures have previously appeared around the Czech Republic but have now arrived in Prague 6. They include a steel lookout tower which visitors can climb up to get a better view of the city.

"The intention to build an elevated point on Ladronka - a lookout tower with a view of the surroundings - has been discussed for some time," Jakub Stárek, Deputy Mayor of Prague 6 said. “So now we have the opportunity to try this format, even with the possibility of relaxing or sitting with refreshments from the nearest restaurant window.”

The lookout tower will be in Ladronka for the next 18 months. (photo: Prague 6)
The lookout tower will be in Ladronka for the next 18 months. (photo: Prague 6)

The Šiška lookout tower is around 11.5 metres high and has a spiral staircase inside it. The second sculpture, Café Šiška, gives visitors the chance to sit down and relax.

“We have borrowed the lookout tower and the café from the author free of charge for a year and a half. For this period, we will therefore monitor whether citizens use the new attraction in Ladronka," added Stárek. “At the same time, we will be very happy for their opinions on whether they like both works and would like it to stay here permanently.“

The Šiška lookout tower was created in 2014 and a year later the Šiška Café was established. The two sculptures have previously been displayed in Brno, Trutnov and Vysočany and Holešovice in Prague.