Czech artist David Černý is playing the hits! With the parliamentary polls on the way in the Czech Republic this week, the public artist provocateur floated this gigantic purple Fuck You down the Vltava river today. They’re saying because he is anti-Communist but he’s hasn’t explicitly said he is anti-Communist per se, but if we try to explain what “leftist” or “rightist” means… TL;DR…

“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,” BBC reports. It pointed at President Milos Zeman at the Prague Castle as it floated on a barge. The long finger is a stack of coins. The purple is pretty.

Previously, David Černý’s vandalized Soviet Tank No. 23 — a “monument” installed in Prague in 1945 to commemorate the Red Army “liberating” Czechoslovakia from the Nazis and, since 1968, symbolizing a Soviet-led invasion and Prague Spring downer. He made it pink and topped it with a giant middle finger and then, in 2011, it was sailed triumphantly down this same Vltava river.

Kudos to David Černý for keeping the tradition of Phallic Political Art erect. Like Maurizio Cattelan’s Omnia Munda Mundis (“To The Pure [Men], All Things [Are] Pure” or “L.O.V. E.”) erected in front of the Italian stock exchange building in Milan that one time…

…and, of course, Voina’s Giant Galactic Space Dick Captured By The FSB graffiti of a draw-bridge, which took 23 seconds to erect spray paint and then, as the draw-bridge opened, stood erect at 13-feet-tall and 89-feet-wide, flipping off the former KGB/current FSB building with its erection. So hard for this.

(Photo: Tomas Krist/Flickr, Wikipedia, DesignBoom, LiveJournal via ANIMAL)