PEACE STORIES: WALL OF PEACE AND FREEDOM
‘Wall’ signifies boundary, limit, the end point. How astonishing is the phrase ‘Wall of Peace and Freedom’! Yes, there exists such a wall designated by this beautiful metaphor, which is the canvas open to expression by artists, with a historical background.
In Mala Strana, near the French Embassy, you’ll see the John Lennon Wall. The wall that was formerly an ordinary wall in Prague, Czech Republic, has been called Lennon´s since the 1980s, when people have filled it with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from Beatles songs. The Lennon Wall represented not only a memorial to John Lennon and his ideas for peace, but also a monument to free speech and the non-violent rebellion of Czech youth against the regime. The wall continuously undergoes change and the original portrait of Lennon is long lost under layers of new paint.
A combination of history and art, this wall is the symbol of peace, love and freedom. It is the platform for everyone to exercise their freedom of expression. The beauty is not just physical but in the concept and therefore shall live forever with the existence of humanity, never fade; just as the spirit of peace, love and freedom.