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The Red Hen was recently in Prague meeting her new grandson (Lainey’s new nephew) and while walking around the city she came across this awesome door latch.

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Here’s her take on these literary latches:

“Like many little things in Europe, one encounters beauty and art in the most unexpected places. Walking up a granite cobblestone street bringing my granddaughter to school one morning I came upon this door latch: hand-wrought iron hands holding an open book! A big surprise! A bigger surprise because, as you can see by the graffiti, I wasn’t in a tourist neighborhood. The dichotomy of cleanliness and presentation between the two Pragues is significant. Passing under a bridge or walkway you go from spotlessly maintained sidewalks and streets to some of the dirtiest city areas I’ve ever seen. And graffiti, that for us, was reminiscent of our 4 years in the early 1980s passing back and forth through the Bronx. While U.S. cities have generally cleaned up the “urban art”, Prague had every surface covered with it to a height of 7 feet. Everywhere! Except, of course, in the tourist areas. It’s a bad export. I know there are those who feel there is interesting social commentary and cutting-edge art here, we just didn’t see it. Just oppressive graffiti, mud, melting ice and snow and dog poop. And then, little surprises of art like this! Prague was certainly a treat for the eyes!”

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Prague isn’t the only place with interesting doors! Remember our adventures in Zanzibar? Where have you found art in unexpected places?

~Emily