Sculpture by David Černý, Prague, Czech Republic (Photo: Gosia Głowacka 22.08.2014)
Sigmund Freud was born in Frieburg which is now part of the Czech Republic. Even during the most prolific times of his career, Frued suffered from a number of phobias including the fear of his own death. Suffering from mouth cancer when he was 83, Freud had his close friend and doctor help him to commit suicide through administering morphine.
Artist David Cerny depicts Freud in this way to signify his constant struggle with fear of death. Other interpretations suggest that the artist was personally challenging the status quo.
The sculpture became so popular that it was exhibited in other cities including London, Berlin, Rotterdam, Chicago, and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Often mistaken as a suicide attempt, the sculpture has initiated calls to fire and police.