From The Creators Project by DJ Pangburn
A week after we wrote about a monolithic, glitched-out moving sculpture of Franza Kafka’s head in Prague, Czech sculptor and artful provocateur David Cerny returned with another giant public sculpture, Trifoot, which features eyes that track the movements of viewers and pedestrians. The sculpture, on permanent display outside the Czech Press Photo gallery in Prague, resembles a vintage motion picture camera sat atop a tripod, and outfitted with several large moving eyes. In this era of ubiquitous smartphone and CCTV cameras, Cerny’s Trifoot reminds us all that we are living inside a massive, electronic panopticon.
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“Trifoot was from the first moment related to photography,” Cerny tells The Creators Project. “It is my old passion. While living in New York I was even doing part-time photography, and cameras were my hobby. I always documented my work by myself and so I always had high-end equipment.”
“So that easily lead me to using the form of a camera as base,” he adds. “And then I was thinking about how we are surrounded by cameras, and then you have the eyes following you when you pass by. And when you look at how it, it has a bit of a face from the front.”
While the gaze of smartphone, CCTV, and other cameras certainly influenced Trifoot, Cerny was also inspired by a classic piece of science fiction—John Wyndham’s Day of the Triffids. In this post-apocalyptic novel, tall, mobile, and invasive plants called triffids wreak havoc on the world’s population with a poison that causes blindness in humans.