I guess the weather here has multiple personalities disorder because just last week I was bundling up and today I walked like a starfish to keep my skin from sticking to miscellaneous other patches of skin and leaving behind a rather uncomfortable chaffed spot. To contribute to the dry summer heat, Prague architecture lacks modernity in the technical aspects such as the luxurious idea of adding a small air conditioning system, or I don’t know, perhaps even a fan? I suppose that the heavy building materials successfully cools several spaces, acting much like a cave, but buildings built at the turn of the century using the new and improved steel construction styles should definitely think about upgrading. There isn’t enough mass in steel construction to successfully cool a building especially when the sun is constantly beating down from all different reflected directions.
Any way, back to the importance of this post. In order to escape the heat, yet do something mildly interesting, my dearest friend Shaina and myself journeyed across the St. Charles Bridge to the shaded region (and now finally dry from flooding) of Kampa Island where the Lennon Wall is located. The wall is a solid symbol of Czech disagreement with the Soviets invasion and forcing of communism on the Bohemian peoples. Since songs written by musicians such as The Beatles was considered a crime against the regimen, John Lennon became a huge icon for freedom and love, and in the Lennon Wall’s case heroism and Czech pride. It began in the 1980s when a group of students painted John Lennon’s face on the wall to protest communism. The Soviets then painted over the artwork, but resilient as ever the students returned at night to pain their idol back on the wall. From then until the soviets finally left the Czech lands, a struggle for marksmanship over the wall’s appearance reflected the inner workings of the rising resistance the Czech citizens for control over their own lands once again. When the Soviets finally left, the battle for the Lennon Wall was marked a victory, and to this day any one may graffiti their art or feelings or even lyrics that inspire them too on the colorful surface of the Lennon Wall.