Courtyard of the Supreme Burgrave’s House, Prague Castle, Prague, Czechia
You could hope for a black cat to cross your path. You could make sure to pick up any old pennies you find. You could carry a four-leaf clover and a rabbit’s tale, throw a pinch of salt over your left shoulder and rub the snout of Rachel the Piggy Bank. Or, if you’re in desperate need of some good luck, you could make your way to this courtyard in Prague Castle and rub this young man’s wotsit. Its polished and golden shine testifies to many people having rubbed it before. Quite why this man’s brassy digit is thought to be lucky is really anyone’s guess. Although, perhaps the young man of this statue called Youth has lucked out. He stands elevated from the hustle and bustle of people moving below him. He gets to survey and watch them all. And he gets to remind them of something important – calm. Rather like artist Miloš Zet’s other naked youth, the Seated Girl in Prague’s Platýz courtyard.