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Peace and its many aspects

“Imagine” that!

I just learned about the “Imagine Peace Tower” in Iceland.  Some of you might have guessed already that this has something to do with John Lennon and his song “Imagine”, and you’d be right:

“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], powered entirely by Geothermal Energy.

The artwork was dedicated to John by Yoko at its unveiling on 9 Oct 2007, Lennon’s 67th birthday. IMAGINE PEACE TOWER symbolizes Lennon’s and Ono’s continuing campaign for World Peace, which began in the 1960s, was sealed by their marriage in 1969 and will continue forever.”

The project, while very “Ono”, has a number of interesting aspects.  First of all the 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).  In addition, the Tower will illuminate from Winter Solstice (December 21st – 28th), on New Year’s Eve (December 31st) and the first week of spring (March 21st -28th). It is lit from 2 hours after sunset until midnight, and until dawn on New Year’s Day.”

Aesthetically it is impressive as well:

“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.”

Finally, as the site explains, its light comes entirely from geothermal power, which is one reason it was located in Iceland.

There is a webcam on the site, and I “imagine” the images at night must be very impressive.  Anyhow, as John put it:

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one


April 14, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. well if i’m ever in Iceland…I’ll be sure to find that!!
    I am in NYC though, and I just heard that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ANNEX in NYC is opening the exhibit John Lennon: The New York City Years!! It was created by Yoko Ono, and sounds amazing. Lots of memorabilia from his influencial time spent in NYC.

    If anyone’s interested/in NYC here’s the website:

    Comment by rayanne | April 30, 2009 | Reply

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