The Czech capital is so visually rich that walking in the streets and focusing your eyes on specific details you might easily miss something equally interesting, e.g. the monumental sculpture (1912-1913) by exceptionally skilled Jan Štursa on Hlávkův most (Hlávkův Bridge) over the Vltava River in the Holešovice district.
The two sculpture blocks representing Labour and Humanity (Práce a humanita) on both sides of the bridge were originally situated much closer to each other. Because of modern times and heavy traffic, the bridge has to be adapted to new demands. I try to imagine how impressive the entrance could have been. The multi-figured composition is well thought out. As a viewer, you can move around the work and explore every curve. Labour (see photo) and Humanity comprise six muscular figures – men and women.
I unconditionally like the artwork by sculptor Jan Štursa (1880-1925). It is considered the foundation of Modern Czech sculpture. The character of Labour and Humanity is reminiscent of French sculptor Antoine Bourdelle’s artistic approach.
The bridge (which was never renamed) was named after architect, builder and philanthropist Jozef Hlávka (1831-1908). Paradoxically, the grant from Jozef Hlavka’s foundation helped young Ján Štursa travel abroad to experience the most important art centers.
The spot offers a nice view of Vltava River with a cascade and Štvanice Island. Feel free to sit on one of the four simple stone benches arranged like in a gallery. I personally prefer slower looks.