Ultimate Guide to Pragues Street Art/Graffiti – Prague is a cultural hub in central Europe with beautiful ancient architecture, the worlds oldest operating astronomical clock, created in 1410 and a checkered history of communist Soviet Union rule.
As you might of guested, many talented artists have used Prague as their playground for many years. However, locating the most enticing street art/graffitis tags can be a challenge!
So in this article, I have put together an extensive guide from my last trip which should inspire, educate and ignite your creative spirit.
Why is there so much graffiti in Prague?
Graffiti is a symbol of expression all over the world and in a former communist oppressed city like Prague, there is alot to talk about! Unfortunately true street art murals, can often be given a bad reputation due to unauthorised & poorly done Graffiti in some parts of Prague, which has really spiked an outcry from locals asking for more regulation.
Luckily, though the government has combated this in a way which protects artists, allows people to express their feelings yet still maintain suitable “clean” living places.
Are there legal places for Street Art/Graffiti in Prague?
Although, officially most types of unauthorised Street Art/graffiti is illegal, there are many designated Legal Graffiti walls and spots popping up all over Prague!
Andel Metro Station
As a way of combatting illegal Graffiti, Prague Subway stations have commissioned by of Pragues Greatest Street Artists from from Pasta Oner, Jan Kaláb, Michal Škapa etc to create some art at Andel Metro Station! The first ever commissioned street art in Pragues Underground!
The response has been great and it expected to be rolled out to other underground stations across Prague.
John Lennon Wall – Prague
Located on the west side of Charles bridge & Vltava River, the longest within the Czech Republic. You will find the iconic John Lennon Wall.
After 1948, it became associated with people protesting the communist takeover of Prague. In the 1960’s it was known as the “Crying wall” a place where protested painted phrases, art and lyrics although he government regularly painted over it.
When, John Lennon was shot on December 8th, 1980, the crying wall became a popular place for people to express their grief and protest against his deaf.
A single image of John Lennon remains as a center piece of the wall and hence the new name the john Lennon Wall. These days, it is a place to promote messages of love & peace and is a popular instagram hotspot!
Sometimes buskers can be seen by the wall singing classic Beatles hits.
Zizkov – Street Art
If your looking a more Edgy, less touristy, but still central part of Prague head to Zizkov. Located just behind central train station. A former working class area it was built to pack in as many workers as possible.
This can be seen from the narrow houses and steep streets. This area is a hipsters heaven, home to many characters & of course lots of popular street art!
Franz Kafka Head Painted by Spanish Artist Escif:
The Franz Kafka head Mural, located on the corner between Husitska & Prokopova. The grim image depicts the famous writers head half buried and screaming help in Czech (“Pomoc”). Many Believe this piece of art to represent Pragues working class district.
Here are a few other spots in the same district:
- This is cool graffiti spot, at the entrance to a gritty block of flats next to Alberts Supermarket close to Taboritska street, close to Olsanske Namesti. – Kubelíkova 733/60
- All around Husitska Street, around the park and by the old railway line you will find an abundance of graffiti spots & street art. Oh and oh this same street there is also a Graffiti Shop called Grafficon, a great place to get some extra tips & grab some supplies 😉
Parukářka Park is home to a series of unique artistic mosaics, definitely worth checking out.
Pasta Oner – Czechs Greatest Artist!
Pasta Oner is one of Czech Republics most talented & well known street artists. All his pieces are impressive with a distinctive style and pop art influence & bold message.
“Choose to Be Happy” by Pasta Oner (2012)
Located on Vitězné náměsti is Pasta oners version of Michelangelo’s fresco on the Sistine Chapel with the text “Choose to be Happy” adding a positive vibe to art painting.
This choose to be happy, mentality stems from many ancient philosophies, religions and even psychology with the idea being that our happiness is not determining by our outside circumstances but by our reaction to them and thus choice.
Therefore we choose to be happy or be sad. This internally generated happiness is outlined many times in Christianity with the phrase “the kingdom of heaven is inside us”.
Other Murals by Pasta Oner:
- Mural located at Dejvicka Metro Station.
- On the corner of Narodni and Mikulandska. This was named best piece of street art in Czech Republic in 2012.
- At DOX building in Holesovice.
His instagram is here Instagram account
Comics Club Art Murals
Comic Club, just of old town square is unique, small & gritty underground club with some jaw dropping artistic murals inside. With everything from movie characters such as the Godfather & Freddy Kruger to Jason, and even sub zero from mortal combat.
This is a hidden gem in central Prague which is a must see for anyone interested in cool art! The detail of the murals are truly astounding.
Mural of Bohumil Hrabal
Bohumil Hrabal is most of the most iconic figures in Czech literature. His prized books were translated to 25 languages & even a series of movies! He is the epitome of the Czech quirkiness, with a comic & crazy vibe! (I’m sure my Czech Friends will agree).
He died trying to feed pigeons, out of his bedroom window! Which sounds like a scene out of one of his books! To see the commemoration mural of him today head to “Hrabal Wall” at Palmovka metro station (yellow line B) and take a right at exit, head up the escalators then take a left and you will see the great mural.
While in the area feel free to roam around & you’ll surely discover lots of other fantastic street art!
Smichov is a up & coming hub of nightlife and culture on the west side of Pragues Vltava River! Close to the Waterfront Jazzdock, and the popular MeetFactory which is covered with great art murals & is a home to many theatres, concerts & exhibitions. The nearby Smíchovská Náplavka riverfront park also hosts regular food festivals!
In terms of Street art murals, there is so many in this area but your safest bet is to head to the Meet Factory on Ke SkLarne Street. Owned by arguably the greatest Czech Contemporary artist David Cerny. There is a great Mural just out front of Praha Smichov (Yellow Metro Line B)
The Dancing House:
The Dancing House, is an architectural masterpiece of creativity. Designed by Vlado Milunić and Frank Gehry. This building adds a modern contrast to Pragues, medieval old town. This building is located on Rašínovo nábřeží located and inspired by dancing figures of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
Definitely check this out at all angles, as you will always discover something new.
Národní Třida, Prague 1
Located in central Prague 1, is the area is Národní Třida, here you will see a built up construction yard with a hidden gallery of street art from some of the most famous artists in Czech Republic. From Pasta Oner, to Tron and X dog etc.
Tesnov is home to a LEGAL graffiti wall in Prague and is a popular spot for aspiring graffiti artists to showcase their skills! If you fancy doing some tagging before you fly home, this is the spot!
If you want to create some art here best head down on the weekends or early in the morning during the week. As later on the area is a popular parking lot!
To get to the Legal Street art wall, take Tram 14, to Florence Metro Stop. Walking it’s 15mins from the centre.
Holešovice in the Prague 7 District is trendy & real hipster part of Prague. Here you can find everything from classic pubs to vibrant techno nightclubs created from converted industrial factories!
For Art, the Trade Fair Palace has the National Gallery’s modern art collection on show, while DOX is equip with many inspiring contemporary exhibition, including murals by Pasta Oner.
Other Trendy Street Art spots include:
- Human Figure murals at the Entrance to Vltavska metro station (red line C) .
- Milady Horakove street – A popular street with many small street art pieces by local Czechs.
Check out Prague Market (Pražská tržnice), they have some fantastic independent vendors which have everything from locals goods and hipster fashion, unique souvenirs & tasty Asian street food.
The man of 3 names, Jan Kalab, point or as some cool him cakes is an icon & pioneer of 3D street art! His abstract pieces of art have got a following all over the world!
34 Yellow Penguins at Kampa Park
Designed by the Cracking Art Group, from the Museum Kampa is these 34 Yellow Penguins, located on the river at Kampa Park. They can also be seen from Charles Bridge.
The sculptures were designed by a team of 6 international artists who set to make a piece from entirely recycled materials. This eco friendly penguins are designed to make people aware of the environmental affect of pollution on wildlife.
The whole area around Florenc Station, close to Hotel Opera & Tesnov Street is a fantastic hub of great street art! This place has unique pieces all over and is a popular place for local & international artists to express their skills!
Also head down the corridor under Wilsonova Street, metro station (Florenc, red line C), this is another breath taking street art/Graffiti hub!
Banksy Street Art
Franz Kafka – Metal Morphosis Sculpture
With 42 moving pieces, this 11 metre high sculpture of the famous Czech writer Franz Kafka is a popular tourist attraction. Weighing 39 tonnes, each metal tier is driven by a motor and one kilometre of cables which rotate independently of one another! It is a true marvel of engineering & art!
The gigantic sculpture titled “Metal Morphosis” was created by artist David Černý dates in November 2014 and is close to Quadrio business centre, just above Národní třída metro station.
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