“Imagine a city where graffiti wasn’t illegal, a city where everybody could draw whatever they liked. Where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases. Where standing at a bus stop was never boring. A city that felt like a party where everyone was invited, not just the estate agents and barons of big business. Imagine a city like that and stop leaning against the wall – it’s wet.”
— Banksy, Wall and Piece
Prague isn’t exactly like this UTOPIA but it’s pretty fucking cool.
There is graffiti everywhere you go. Whether on plain stone walls or pastel apartment buildings or baroque government buildings, graffiti…graffiti everywhere. In some parts of the city, graffiti is actually legal (!!!!). Some works are inspiring and artfully done and others just look like gang signs or scribbles. Nevertheless,the street art here really captures the spirit of the youth culture in Prague and the idea of peaceful non-conformism. I don’t consider myself an expert on Czech culture (yet….but soon…SOON) but apparently this cultural trait is something that the Czech people are proud of. After all, the public was able to overthrow and institute a new form of government with minimal violence [the VELVET Revolution]. I think it’s great to be in a city where you can see political statements or artistic expression everywhere you go. Below I’ve included some examples of street art that I found interesting, funny, beautiful or thought-provoking.
And in a discussion of street art in Prague, I obviously can’t leave out the Lennon wall! Amazing y’all!! Even tourists add their mark to this wall. Check out my other blog post for the history of the Lennon wall and more photos!