Obchodná is the main shopping artery of Bratislava, located not far from its Old Town, lined with many clothing stores and restaurants. The area is also home to a handful of sculptural oddities, for which the city is known to have a bit of an affinity.
One such quirky public artwork in the neighborhood is a pair of bronze statues that represent young skateboarders leaning on a Slovak Post mailbox to take a short rest.
Created by academic sculptor Ladislav Sabo, the unique piece is apt to attract slews of selfie-seekers as they stroll down the lively street, but few realize that the mailbox is not just for show but actually functional. Put a letter in it and it’ll be delivered with no problem at all.
The skater girls’ mailbox, or the Prvá poštová schránka (“first post box”) as it is known in Slovak, can be found on the spot where Obchodná is cut off by an alley called Poštová ulica, suggesting an association with Slovakia’s postal service history. According to several sources, it was already named Postgasse in the 17th- century after the early post office that stood there.