This past February a graffiti version of a public wardrobe appeared on a wall in the Prague district of Těšnov. It was painted over the next day but not forgotten; a real physical wardrobe, filled with clothing, has shown up in an underpass in Modřany.
The city’s first public wardrobe, a dual effort between the Freeshop Zdrojovna recycling collective (see our article on their everything-is-free-store here) along with Architects without Borders (Architekti bez hranic), was inspired by similar efforts in Grenoble, France, and in Iran where in recent years people have taken to creating “walls of kindness” to help the homeless.
Last Tuesday the public closet, bearing the inscription “leave what you want, take what you need,” was installed in the underpass. Organizers will gauge public reaction before expanding into more central areas of Prague.