'Kladenská koule' ('Kladno Ball') – Kladno, Czechia - Atlas Obscura
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'Kladenská koule' ('Kladno Ball')

Kladno, Czechia

This spherical sculpture has also been dubbed "the steel orange" due to its likeness to a massive, sliced piece of citrus. 

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In 1991, Viktor Stříbrný, the self-taught painter, sculptor, and blacksmith whose surname means “silver” in Czech, created a stainless-steel, spherical sculpture with a fibrous-looking sliver of metal gently dropping from its core. While the sculpture is officially known as “Plastika s kosmologickou a kosmogonickou tématikou – Vesmír II,” or “sculpture with cosmological and cosmogonical themes – Universe II” in Czech, locals more often refer to it by one of its many nicknames, including “ocelová koule” (steel ball), “kladenská koule” (kladno ball), “ocelový pomeranč” (steel orange), or simply “pomeranč” (orange). It’s two meters high, two meters long, two meters wide, and extends two meters beneath the ground.

Originally, the sculpture was part of a much more expansive installation that included a pool and a metal water lily depicted in different stages of development. Older than the orange, this part of the sculpture was installed in 1985, but the pool was removed for unknown reasons in the mid-1990s.

Know Before You Go

The sculpture is located near Poldihaus (Hotel Hoffmann), at the crossroads of Huťská Street and the Dukelských hrdinů Street. The main bus station is also nearby.