"Imagine all the people living life in peace"

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UploadedOctober 12, 2018
TakenDecember 11, 2009
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ModelNIKON D700
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"Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one."

- John Lennon

This Lennon Wall is located in a small, secluded square across the French embassy in Prague.

In the 50's and 60's the wall was used by people protesting against the communists. It was known as the 'Crying Wall' and was associated with protest art.

On the 8th of December 1980, the 'cause' of the wall changed with the murder of John Lennon. After his assassination, an anonymous artist painted an image of the singer-songwriter. The wall became a popular spot for the outpouring of grief. Today the wall is filled with Beatles inspired graffiti, song lyrics and other decorations.

But to the Czechs at the time the wall held a much greater significance. The John Lennon Wall symbolized freedom of speech and the non-violent resistance of the Czech youth. He was admired by the citizens for the songs that preached happiness and freedom,... something they did not have during the authoritarian communist era.

On the 17th of November 2014, the wall was painted over in pure white by a group of art students. They did it on the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution that ended communist rule AND...

"to provide free space for new messages of the current generation"

3 responses

  • Mary C Legg

    Mary C Legg said (12 Oct 2018):

    actually don't think so-- it gets painted over on regular basis and the only people who visit it are tourists. The original wall probably did, but that was long long time ago and it's pretty much one of those places to avoid because the street gets blocked by tourists and in past those horrible things called Segways.

  • Raje Esteban

    Raje Esteban   said (12 Oct 2018):

    Thanks for the 'insight'! I was actually one of the 'tourist' :)

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (12 Oct 2018):

    It would be an ideal world if everyone's mission was to live in peace. The world lost a very talented song writer, musician, when John Lennon was killed..Excellent capture!

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