The John Lennon Wall. A “must-see” spot in Prague. But why? Why is the John Lennon Wall so sought after by tourists? Is it because of the mesmerizing colors of paint splashed across? Or maybe because it is a symbol of peace and unity? Whatever the reason for the attraction today, the John Lennon Wall has quite a story to tell.
It was in the late 1980s when just another city wall in Prague became the John Lennon Wall. Czech youth used the wall as expression against the communist regime. Communist authorities would whitewash over the graffiti images and poems of peace and love, but this did not discourage those passionate about the power of the wall. Today, the Knights of Malta own the wall and the canvas for free expression continues.
When visiting the Lennon Wall, you’ll likely find a street performer playing music, with jars of paint left on the ground for all to use and citizens of countries from around the world admiring the beauty of the wall.
Looking at the wall transports you.
A man stands in front of the colorful collaboration of letters and drawings with his guitar, singing the classics. Like other tourist hot-spots, it is hectic. There is an aura that the wall’s meaning provides. The ex-Beatle stood for unity and peace, ideals that could be felt as though they were tangible as people admired the wall.
The wall probably had more meaning to me, since I am a long-time fan of the artist, but in the moment, I felt a universal presence of respect for a man whose music influenced the world so greatly.
I signed my initials on the wall, and had another admirer take my picture next to the mural of Lennon that an artist had done in spray paint. My initials now lay alongside the markings of people from all over the world, from all circumstances of life.