Since 2007 Yoko has travelled to Iceland to lead ceremonies commemorating John Lennon on October 9, his birthday. On that day she illuminates Imagine Peace Tower, a vast tower of light, which is situated on the island of Viðey, right outside of Reykjavík.
The Imagine Peace Tower is an outdoor work of art conceived by Yoko Ono, located at Viðey Island, honouring the memory of her late husband, John Lennon. Each year, on his birthday, Imagine Peace Tower is re-lit in a ceremony and beams with a stream of lights high into the sky until it is turned off on the day he died, 8 December.
The art piece is a symbol for John and Yoko’s fight for peace. The Tower has the shape of a wishing well where the words “Imagine Peace” are written in 24 languages all around the art piece, and refer to the song “Imagine” by John Lennon.
Yoko Ono invites all guest of the lighting of Imagine Peace Tower to write their wishes on a piece of paper and hang it on one of the four wish trees, which will be located at Viðeyjarstofa and Viðeyjarnaust at Viðey Island and at the Reykjavík Art Museum, Hafnarhús.
More than one million wishes for peace have been delivered from all over the world concerning the Imagine Peace project and the Imagine Peace Tower.
In addition, the Tower will illuminate from Winter Solstice (December 21st) and into the New Year (December 31st) as well as the first week of spring (March 20th -27th).
It is lit from 1 hour after sunset until midnight, and until dawn on New Year’s Day. On October 9th and from March 20th – 27th, it lights at 8pm.
In tribute to Yoko, the City of Reykjavik lights Imagine Peace Tower on her birthday February 18th from 7pm until 9am the following day.
See more information here: www.imaginepeacetower.com