Imagine Peace Tower

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“Well, the reason is because Iceland is a very, very unique country. And right now, everywhere, all different countries are suffering because of oil and the shortage of oil, and they’re fighting over oil. I mean, oil is always this sort of like — the reason to go to war, something like that. But in Iceland, 80 percent of the energy is done by geothermal, meaning water. Water is supplying the energy, instead of oil.” – Yoko Ono, 2007

A tower of light that radiates joy, wisdom, hope and healing. This is what Imagine Peace Tower is and stands for. This memorial tower for John Lennon, by his wife Yoko Ono, represents the continuous campaign for world peace that the couple started in the 1960’s. This campaign was only made stronger when they sealed it by marriage in the late 1960’s and Yoko Ono believes it should continue forever.

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Constructed in 2007, the tower is mesmerizing to see with lights that are intense, strong and so brilliant that it can not only just reach a cloud base, but can be seen to even pass through the cloud cover. On a clear night, the light can reach 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.

The Peace Tower is located on Videy Island and consists of 15 searchlights with prisms to act as their mirrors to reflect the light vertically right into the sky. The base is 10-meter wide and looks like and is a wishing well with 500,000 wishes written on paper and placed underneath. Yoko Ono gathered these wishes for years in her project called “Wish Trees”

At the towers base, a white stone monument glows and “IMAGINE PEACE” can be seen etched with 24 translations into different languages including 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. These words are a reference to John Lennon’s song “Imagine” and is still today 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.”

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The tower is lighted up from October 9th (John Lennon’s birthday) up to December 8th (John Lennon’s Death Anniversary). Additional dates include 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. It was with much consideration that Yoko Ono chose Iceland as the location. She once said that Iceland is a place where you can see the beauty and indeed this fascinating masterpiece is an addition to Iceland’s wonder.

“Oh, what we knew was that I thought of building a light tower, and John loved that idea, this light tower that just emerges once in awhile. And so, he actually invited me in 1967, the first time that he invited me to his house in Kenwood, and I was wondering what it was about. I thought it was a party or something, but, no, it was a very quiet day. And he said, “Well, actually, I invited you because I wanted to know if you can build the lighthouse in my garden,” which was — and I said, “Oh, dear, no, no. It’s just a conceptual idea. I don’t know how to build anything,” and I was just laughing.” – Yoko Ono, 2007