Friday Fountain Challenge: December

One that failed to get posted during the year is this disturbing fountain from Prague.

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This is in the Prague Castle Gardens and is of Hercules wrestling with a lion.

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The sculpture of Hercules is made by architect Palliardi in the time of baroque flourish (1787-1797) and is in the garden on the bastion.

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I don’t know about you, but I found this sculpture/fountain quite odd.

The courtyard also has some cute cherubs riding on lions so maybe this was the place where the royals kept exotic animals, including lions and tigers? Or is it all to do with Hercules and the twelve labours.

The first of Heracles’ twelve labours, set by King Eurystheus (his cousin) was to slay the Nemean lion. According to one version of the myth, the Nemean lion took women as hostages to its lair in a cave near Nemea, luring warriors from nearby towns to save the damsel in distress.

I suppose in a city where David Černý sculptures abound it probably isn’t weird at all.

If you’d like to join in with the fountain challenge then please pop over to Polianthus for the rules

This month is a free for all so if you have a fountain to share I’m sure she would love to see you.

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22 Comments Add yours

  1. It does look a little odd.

  2. Denzil says:

    What is it with male sculptors, male appendages and fountains? A psychologist would be in his element discussing this subject.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have absolutely no idea and I found this one very strange.

  3. jennypellett says:

    It’s a bit bestial, isn’t it? Not my fave.

  4. restlessjo says:

    I like the face though 🙂 🙂

      1. restlessjo says:

        I do! Concentrating 🙂

  5. Jane Lurie says:

    HI Jude, I agree…a rather suggestive juxtaposition of the fountain and lion’s head…or is that just me?? 😃
    Amusing post, thank you.. I don’t remember this from my visit there.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s quite disturbing…

  6. BeckyB says:

    Certainly makes you look twice!

  7. Anabel Marsh says:

    I agree with the majority view – not keen. Poor lion!

  8. polianthus says:

    Hi Jude – hm, very very odd indeed. Not sure I’d put it in my top ten fountains either, and I agree with you, it’s downright disturbing. Hm. I like Anabel’s comment: not keen, poor lion…Hm

    1. Heyjude says:

      Are you going to have a top ten at the end of the competition then? 😀 😀

      1. polianthus says:

        I could – why not? Your slightly perturbing fountain would make it into the top “odd” ones…Did you read up on what it depicts? Perhaps we all have too vivid imaginations..

        1. Heyjude says:

          One of those things where Google was not very forthcoming – couldn’t find anything about it!

  9. Yes, I agree – it is a bit odd!

  10. Joanne Sisco says:

    This fountain is rather disturbing – there is a casualness in what appears to be abuse of the animal. To our 21st century values, it feels wrong.

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