Stalin Plaza. Ink on Canvas. 11" x 17".
Prague's Letna Square has a much darker origin story than your typical skate spot. The site originally housed Stalin's Monument, a 51 foot granite statue honoring the Soviet dictator. The sculptor, Otakar Švec spent five and a half years on the piece, and killed himself mere days before it was unveiled in 1955. Stalin's Monument stood for only six years and was dismantled in 1962, to eventually be replaced by the Prague Metronome in the same park. Nevertheless, the granite base of the statue remains as a veritable oasis in a cobblestone desert. With naturally occurring ledges, manual pads, and D.I.Y. slab creations, Stalin Plaza is perfect for flowing lines and ledge technicians. What's more, the spot's proximity to the park ensures you're never more than a short skate away from a burger and a beer, as well as one of the best views of Prague the city has to offer. Really, what more could you ask for out of a plaza?
Part of an on-going series titled "Boarding Pass". "Boarding Pass" is a series of Posters celebrating some of Skateboarding's most iconic, beloved, and amazing skate spots, world wide.