07.08.15 | Czech Republic
The Lennon Wall was one of the few places I chose to sit down for a longer than usual period of time in order to see what experience this frequented tourist attraction could provide me with. First, some background on the wall would be helpful. The wall was first started being tagged in 1988 with grievances from young Czechs who were followers of the “Lennonism” Movement. Since then it has been tagged over and over, erasing old graffiti and creating new art, most of it continuing the Lennon theme but not all. For example, just this past November (2014), a group of art students white-washed the entire wall and then sprayed-painted, in block letters, “THE WALL IS OVER.” Since then, the words were changed to “THE WAR IS OVER” and the wall is completely covered in artwork again. During the ten to fifteen minutes in which I sat by the wall I was able to get an feeling for the flow of tourists that came through that area and saw two American girls spray paint an American flag on the right end of the wall because today was July 4th.