Imagine Peace Tower
A Tower of Light that radiates joy, wisdom, hope and healing. This is what Imagine Peace Tower is and stands for. It is a memorial tower of John Lennon by his wife Yoko Ono and it represents the continuing campaign for world peace that the two started in the 1960’s. This campaign was made stronger when they sealed it by marriage in the late 1960’s and Yoko Ono believes it should continue forever.
The tower is mesmerizing with lights that are strong, with great intensity and so brilliant that it could even reach cloud base and can be seen to even pass through the cloud cover on clear nights about 4000m of altitude. The light blends well with Iceland’s unique weather and climate condition and seeing it with the Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights is absolutely breathtaking. It is like a light path from earth to heaven or a great clear pillar connecting the sky to the earth, either way, it is magnificent. The Peace Tower consists of 15 searchlights with prisms to act as their mirrors and reflects the light vertically right into the sky. The base is 10-meter wide and looks like a wishing well. Actually it is indeed a wishing well because underneath the tower are 500,000 wishes written on paper. Yoko Ono gathered them for years in some of her project called “Wish Trees”. It was a very successful event and she went around the world to gather wishes.
What is awe-inspiring about this tower is its base, a white stone monument that glows, words were etched “IMAGINE PEACE”, and 24 translations into different languages of the words. The languages includes, English, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian, Hindi, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Swahili, Icelandic, Turkish, Persian, Filipino, Tamil, Hungarian, Finnish, Georgian, Standard Tibetan, Hebrew, and Inukitut. The words “IMAGINE PEACE” is a reference from John Lennon’s song “Imagine” and is considered a peace anthem. In an additional Panel Yoko Ono’s message is as follows; “I dedicate this light tower to John Lennon… my love for you is forever.”
The tower is lighted up from October 9th (John Lennon’s birthday) up to December 8th (John Lennon’s Death Anniversary). Additional dates are; Febuary 18th -19th (Yoko Ono’s birthday), December 21st-28th (Winter Solstice), December 31st (New year’s Eve) and March 21st-28th (the first week of spring).
This is such a remarkable and stunning tribute to John Lennon and Yoko Ono did make a great decision in putting it in Iceland. She said that Iceland is a place where you can see the beauty and indeed this fascinating masterpiece is an addition to Iceland’s wonder. She even quoted; “I have chosen Iceland for the Imagine Peace Tower because it is a unique eco-friendly country. Eighty per cent of Iceland’s energy is provided by water, not oil. Because of this, the air, earth and water are surprisingly pure and clean. Every time I visit that place, it makes me feel 10 years younger. There’s a lot of caring and concern on a very high sensitivity level in this country. So no wonder I wanted to have the Peace Tower here. Actually this is an answered prayer for me because during my first time at John’s house in England (in 1966), he talked about building a lighthouse in his garden. But I never knew how to conceptualize that. I never believed this could become a reality.” The place is also eco-friendly in terms of electricity consumption since they use unique geothermal energy which made the selection on where to put it up easier with Yoko Ono, she doesn’t only campaign for world peace but for preserving mother nature as well.