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Imagine Peace Tower febrero 6, 2010

Posted by christian saucedo in Other projects.

Around the cylindrical Wishing Well, which is the frame for the column of light, there is a platform faced with three types of native Icelandic stone – hyalite, dolerite and basalt- in a striped mosaic pattern. At the centre of the platform the light emerges from a cylindrical Wishing Well, 4m in diameter and 2m high.

IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is an outdoor work of art conceived by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon. It is situated on Viðey Island in Reykjavík, Iceland. [map]

IMAGINE PEACE TOWER symbolizes Lennon’s and Ono’s continuing campaign for world peace  – which began in the sixties, was sealed by their marriage in 1969 and will continue forever.

IMAGINE PEACE TOWER stands on a platform 17m in diameter.

The words IMAGINE PEACE are inscribed on the Well in 24 different languages.

The construction and installation of the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER has been a collaboration between Yoko Ono, the City of Reykjavik, the Reykjavik Art Museum and Reykjavik Energy.

The electricity for the light is generated entirely naturally – geothermally, from hot water – at the Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant.  This was one of the reasons for situating the artwork in Iceland.

IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is composed of a tall shimmering tower of light that  will appear every year and be visible from October 9th (John’s birthday) until December 8th (the anniversary of his death).

One of the mesmerising features of the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is that the strength, intensity and brilliance of its light continually changes with the prevailing weather and atmospheric conditions unique to Iceland – creating a clear pillar of light on a cloudless night, beams irridescing with rainbow refractions in rain or snowfall, and brilliantly reflecting off and through any moving layers of cloud.

IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is closely connected to Yoko’s interactive artwork WISH TREE (1981). The Wish Tree has been integral to many of Yoko’s exhibitions around the world in museums and cultural centers where people have been invited to write their personal wishes for peace and tie them to a tree branch.

On the map of the Earth planet, Iceland is a country situated in the northern most part of our world. It is an ideal location from which to cover the Earth with enlightenment and love.

Iceland is a magical and beautiful country. The electrical energy source for the country and for the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is geothermal – water, instead of oil. No pollution. No war. This is just one of the incredible situations that creates the magic of Iceland.

Right now, light is what the world so desperately needs, since, in varying degrees, we all live in darkness of fear and confusion of the polluted world.

This column of light in Iceland will not be extinguished. It is the eternal flame we send out to the world and the universe to give light and warmth, and the hope and conviction that our dreams can come true.

I hope the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER will give light to the strong wishes of World Peace from all corners of the planet and give encouragement, inspiration and a sense  of solidarity in a world now filled with fear and confusion.

Let us come together to realize a peaceful world.

I dedicate this tower to John Lennon. my love for you is forever.

Yoko Ono





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