A relic of anti-communist sentiment, the Lennon Wall, near Prague’s Kampa Park has seen its fair share of history. Began as a place to voice resistance, the wall became a tourist hotspot, with visitors graffitiing the wall with whatever message they desired, changing the space of one of free speech to one of vulgar epitaphs and pointless tagging. Owners of the wall, the Order of the Knights of Malta (led by Johannes Lobkowicz) along with city officials decided to preserve this bit of history as more of a monument to resistance and less of a monument to cheap sentiment.
The completion of the month-long restoration couldn’t come at a more perfect time. As Czechs recognize 30 years since the Velvet Revolution, over 30 artists from around the world were asked to contribute pieces to the wall. The space will now serve as an open-air gallery, and will see increased security to maintain its integrity. Busking will not be allowed in the area, as well as the addition of police patrols and security cameras, though a space will be made available for visitors to share their thoughts…with pen, not spray paint.