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December 1, 2010

While watching TV last night, I saw that commercial about the Beatles music being available on iTunes now. It made me think about how after seeing the John Lennon Wall in Prague (stunning city!) I was slightly obsessed with sketching John Lennon. I started to wonder where those sketches were and searched around for my old sketchbook. I did a little more digging and found some of the pictures and a postcard. Czech it out!













The story of the John Lennon Wall is actually pretty interesting and inspiring… Lennon was a hero to the pacifist youth of Central and Eastern Europe during the totalitarian era. Prior to 1989 when communism ruled, western pop songs were banned by Communist authorities, and especially John Lennon’s songs because they were praising freedom that didn’t exist there.

 When John Lennon was murdered in 1980 he became a sort of hero to some of the youth and his picture was painted on this wall, along with graffiti defying the authorities (the Czech people had few opportunities to express their feelings with their lack of freedom).

But the threat of prison couldn’t keep people from slipping out at night to scrawl graffiti first in the form of Beatles lyrics and odes to Lennon, then they came to paint their own feelings and dreams on the wall.

The Communist police tried repeatedly to whitewash over the portrait and messages of peace but they could never manage to keep the wall clean. On the second day it was again full of poems and flowers with paintings of Lennon.

The original portrait of Lennon is long lost under the layers of new paints but you can still find tributes to Lennon and a yellow submarine. 

Here’s what it looked like when we were there in April 2006:

The wall, located at Velkoprevorske Namesti, Mala Strana (near the French Embassy), is owned by the Knights of the Maltese Cross, who allowed graffiti to continue. So if there’s anyone out there who has their own pictures, please please share. I’d love to see the different phases!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Karen permalink
    December 2, 2010 6:40 pm

    Praha!!!! One of my favorite cities as well! How I miss thee!

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