David Černý’s latest artwork installed on Prague building

Two giant butterflies made from Spitfire aircraft fuselages have being installed on the Máj department store in the centre of Prague, which will soon reopen to the public after a 2-year-reconstruction. The giant art sculptures are the work of artist David Černý, who has many unusual art pieces around Prague.

His latest work has come under fire from the Club for Old Prague which claims that the purple-and-turquoise butterflies are kitsch.

Černý has vehemently defended the art work, saying that the butterflies made from Spitfire fuselages were created in honour of the fighter pilots who served in the RAF. He said the sculptures were originally planned for the NATO headquarters in Brussels. A similar fighter jet will be placed there sometime in the near future, he said.