Proudly overlooking the Vltava River at the foreground of Prague’s Letna Park, peering down upon the magnificent Czech capital is…wait for it…a metronome! Wait…what? There’s a giant metronome in Prague? Why yes, yes there is, why wouldn’t there be a giant metronome here? It stands in the place where a giant statue of Stalin once stood. The stone dictator kept an evil eye over the city until it was destroyed in 1962 but an empty hole remained as a kind of ‘scar’ on the city. A big giant base is required for a bug giant statue and it looked a bit weird and embarrassing with nothing on it. The ‘what-do-we-do-with-this-giant-stone-plinth‘ pickle was finally solved in 1991 when Prague artist Vratislav Novak designed the aforementioned metronome to go proudly atop ‘stone’ Stalin’s former pedestal. Whether it symbolizes the changing of the times or keeping time steadily moving forward may be open to interpretation, but one thing is for certain, the photo opportunity is not one to be missed.
The metronome is at the entrance to Letna park, which is quite a large park, and quite awesome in the summer months, too, which boasts a pretty swell beer garden if I may say so myself! If you’ve climbed the stairs up then definitely then DO reward yourself with Czech’s very own Pilsner, why not?!?
The area around the metronome has fallen into a bit of disrepair lately and has become a bit of a skate park, but camera wielding folks like us, always hungry for awesome photo ops, will not be disappointed!