Wall Is NOT Over

In the Wake of Vandalism, Civilians Recreate Lennon Wall

By Klein Aleardi, Erica Gonzales and Marilyn La Jeunesse

On the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, both tourists and civilians were dismayed to find the John Lennon Wall – known for its ubiquitous graffiti – whited out.  On November 17, the wall was discovered completely painted over in white with a message left in big block letters: “WALL IS OVER”.

The wall symbolized the desire for peace and liberation from communism when it was established after John Lennon’s death in 1980.  The group of Prague student artists responsible for painting over the wall said they were “expressing their commemoration of (1989) and opening room for new messages of the current generation,” according to Reuters.

People came equipped with paint, markers, and spray paint to fill in the blank spaces immediately.  After the white out, this is how the wall changed over the next 24 days:

Klein Aleardi is in the NYU College of Arts and Science Class of 2016.  Her hometown is Moorestown, New Jersey.  

Erica Gonzales is in the NYU College of Arts and Science Class of 2016.  Her hometown is Wyckoff, New Jersey.  

Marilyn La Jeunesse is in the NYU College of Arts and Science Class of 2016.  Her hometown is Laguna Beach, California.

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Categories: Culture, Fall 2014 Issue Number 3

Author:The Prague Wandering

The Prague Wandering is an NYU based study abroad webzine- the only one of its kind. It focuses on issues in contemporary Czech culture and the city of Prague, exploring beyond the study abroad bubble.

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