Friday, July 9, 2010

John Lennon Wall

In Prague's Malá Strana district, near the Charles Bridge and almost across from the French Embassy, is the John Lennon Wall.
It was just a regular wall that in the 1980s began to be filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti, poems and Beatles song lyrics. Durring communism, Czechs would add grievances to the wall, in addition to more Beatles-inspired material. I guess the wall was supposed to be a symbol for love and peace.

The government would clean the wall and the graffiti would be back up the next day. Even with guards posted over night, the graffiti would continue.

The current owners of the allow still allow graffiti to go up. The original John Lennon portrait is buried underneath who knows how many layers of paint. I had heard about the wall but had never seen it before. I've got to admit it was kind of a let down. To me it just looks like another wall filled with graffiti.

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