Viðey 18.09.2015

The Imagine Peace Tower

is a work of art concei­ved by the leg­end­ary art­ist, musician and peace advocate Yoko Ono as a beacon for world peace.

Imagine Peace Tower by Yoko Ono

The work is in the form of a wis­hing well from which a bright and powerful tower of light emer­ges. The words ‘Imagine Peace’ are inscri­bed on the well in 24 world languages.

The light tower 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 strength, intensity and brilli­ance of the light tower cont­inually changes as the partic­les in the air fluctuate with the prevail­ing weather and atmospheric conditi­ons unique to Iceland.

“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

“Imagine all the people living life in peace”  – John Lennon

This 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,  so 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.

For deca­des Yoko Ono has gat­h­ered together the wis­hes and dreams of people from all over the world. These wis­hes are kept in time-capsules.

The Imagine Peace Tower is surrounded by more than half a million Peace Wishes from people worldwide that the art­ist has col­lected since 1981 as part of her interactive Wish Tree exhi­bits. The wis­hes are stored in capsu­les and buried in the ground surround­ing the Imagine Peace Tower.

Yoko Ono invites you to join her and hundreds of thousands of oth­ers by send­ing your wis­hes to the Imagine Peace Tower, Po Box 1009, 121 Reykjavik, Iceland.

Imagine Peace Tower website

Imagine Peace Tower guided tours with Elding

IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is lit annually on these dates:

• 9th October – 8th December
• 21st – 31st December
• 18th February
• 20th – 27th March

It is lit from around one hour after sunset until midnight each night, except on John's and Yoko’s birthdays and on New Year’s Eve, when it remains lit until sunrise. On 9th October and 20th – 27th March, it lights at 20:00 (8 pm).

Relative times:
• Reykjavik: 20:00 - 00:00 (8 pm-12 pm)
• Liverpool & London: 19:00 - 23:00 (7 pm-11 pm)
• New York: 16:00 - 20:00 (4 pm-8 pm)
• Los Angeles:13:00 - 17:00 (1 pm-5 pm)
• Tokyo: 05:00 - 09:00 (5 am-9 am)




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