On Kampa Island, there are special manhole covers near the outer wall of Museum Kampa. Actually, they are not manhole covers, but cast-iron reliefs with quotes from underground artists.
Viktor Karlík‘s project is called Voices from the Underground, whose purpose is to remind us of communist oppression. The project was installed in Kampa on the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, November 17, 2021.
The word “modern” is very old
Be well, street
Be well, night walkers
Be well, undying nights of the street
It still works
It is still the way to go
Something tears me
And yet I have to live
Words fall from the plaster of the houses here
Drunkenness is a certain audacity
We live in Prague
where the Spirit himself will one day appear.
Those who differ,
Everyone is an architect of his own happiness
Train conductor as well as engineer
I’m going nowhere
No matter the direction…
I think I’ll turn around,
before I get pissed off again.
It is fortune to live in our country
But a misfortune to have this happiness
We stand over the chasm
One foot rotting in a trap
No more listening
I find it horrible
But I’m starting to feel
This town’s tight for me