During the communist regime in the Czech Republic, the authorities kept a strict censorship on popular culture including music and songs. The works of artists such as John Lennon were banned because their songs promoted peace, equality and freedom for all. Freedom did not exist in the totalitarian era and so the government tried its best to minimalise the influence that western pop songs may have on the youth in their country.
After Lennon’s murder in 1980, he became a hero and a father figure for the youths of Prague. The youths decided to have a symbolic place where they could pay tribute to the man that inspired them and so the first initial piece of art on the wall was his picture painted on the wall.
Even though the youths faced jail time for painting on the wall, the secret police failed to keep the wall clean even after many attempts to whitewash it.
Today none of the original anti communist messages remains on the wall and instead it is filled with lyrics from Lennon’s songs and graffiti from tourists who visit the city. If you are travelling to Prague then the John Lennon wall is a great piece of artistic impression to visit.
How to get there:
Walk across the Charles Bridge from the old town side and go down the stairs at the end, this should bring you out next to the wall
If you enjoyed this blog, be sure to check out my other travel blogs here or scroll down on this page for more categories. Be sure to follow my Instagram @conalphoto for updates on my blogs and announcements about upcoming photo projects.