Ono, Yoko

  • Year : 2007
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  • Category : Fjöltækni
  • Sub-category : Annað

Location: Viðey The imagine peace tower is a work of art conceived by the legendary artist, musician and peace advocate Yoko Ono as a beacon to world peace. The work is in the form of a wishing well, on which the words ‘Imagine Peace’ are inscribed in 24 world languages. Out of the well emerges a strong, tall tower of light that is composed of a number of individual lights that join together to form a single beam. Six of the lights travel through corridors across a platform that surrounds the well and are reflected upwards to the sky with mirrors. The platform is faced with three types of native Icelandic stone in reddish ochre, light grey and bluish grey. The idea for the imagine peace tower comes from a conceptual artwork by Yoko Ono, entitled ‘Light House.’ “The light house is a phantom house that is built by sheer light. You set up prisms at a certain time of day, under a certain evening light which goes through the prisms, the light house appears in the middle of the field like an image, except that, with this image, you can actually go inside if you want to. The light house may not emerge every day, just as the sun doesn’t shine every day.” Yoko Ono 1965 On October 9, 2007 the work was dedicated to the memory of John Lennon, on his 67th birthday. Every year the imagine peace tower is lit from October 9 (Lennon’s birthday) to December 8 (the day of his death). In addition the imagine peace tower is lit from the winter solstice to New Year’s Day and during the first week of spring. The electricity for the light comes entirely from Reykjavik Energy, and is generated from geothermal power. The construction and installation of the imagine peace tower is collaboration between Yoko Ono, the City of Reykjavik, Reykjavik Art Museum and Reykjavik Energy. “Imagine all the people living life in peace.” John Lennon “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” Yoko Ono “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.” Yoko Ono

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