Andel Metro Stop
When I first arrived in Prague, I would get off at the Andel Metro Stop every morning to go to class. The Andel station is beautiful, firstly, because it's all done in different shades of pink and cream marble. The colors gave it warmth and femininity.
mounted in the walls
Nothing made me appreciate the leap I made more than seeing the Communist art embedded in walls of the Andel station in Smichov. I liked being in a place where the ideology was different than mine, the history was different than mine, the aesthetics were different than mine. That's the whole point of travel, isn't it? To challenge our thinking! And maybe, to be a little scared, to push ourselves into experiencing new things.
I hope Czechs never remove this art from the station. Originally, the whole station had been designed by Soviet architects. Andel (Angel) used to be named in honor of Moskevska (Moscow). The Soviets built this station and one back home in Moscow they named in honor of Prague. The Czech couldn't change the name of the station fast enough after the Velvet Revolution.
Czechs don't appreciate these period pieces now. Americans do. It's Orwellian art. I felt the privilege it was to get to see it. Czechs are just grateful not to be living it anymore.
All of the art in the Andel Station
celebrates the "friendship" between
the Czech and Soviet peoples.
Mir - the Russian word for Peace
My name for this:
"The Happy Cosmonauts"
No Art Represented My Image of Communism
More Than This
-Everything For the Glory of the State!
There's a gorgeous city
out there waiting to be explored.
I'm glad I made the leap.