Imagine Peace Tower
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|Location||Viðey Island in Kollafjörður Bay near Reykjavík, Iceland|
|Dedicated to||John Lennon|
The Imagine Peace Tower (Icelandic: Friðarsúlan [ˈfrɪːðarˌsuːlan], "the peace column") is a memorial to John Lennon from his widow, Yoko Ono, located on Viðey Island in Kollafjörður Bay near Reykjavík, Iceland. Installed in 2007, it consists of a tall tower of light, projected from a white stone monument that has the words "Imagine Peace" carved into it in 24 languages. These words, and the name of the tower, are a reference to Lennon's campaign for peace, and his song "Imagine".
The Tower consists of 15 searchlights with prisms that act as mirrors, reflecting the column of light vertically into the sky from a 10-metre wide wishing well. It often reaches cloudbase and indeed can be seen penetrating the cloud cover. On a clear night, it appears to reach an altitude of at least 4,000 metres. The power for the lights is provided by Iceland's unique geothermal energy grid. It uses approximately 75 kW of power.
Buried underneath the light tower are over 1 million written wishes that Ono gathered over the years for another project called Wish Trees. Iceland was selected for the project because of its beauty and its eco-friendly use of geothermal energy.
Construction of the tower started on 9 October 2006, on what would have been Lennon's 66th birthday when Ono dedicated the location, and it was officially unveiled on the same date in 2007. The ceremony was broadcast internationally to numerous television networks. In attendance with Ono were son Sean Lennon, bandmate Ringo Starr, Olivia Harrison, widow of George Harrison, and Olivia's son Dhani Harrison. Paul McCartney was invited, but could not attend due to a court case. Ono said on the day of the inauguration that the tower was the best thing that she and John had ever done.
The tower is lit every year from 9 October, Lennon's birthday, through 8 December, the date he was shot, from 31 December until 6 January (an Icelandic new year period),[circular reference] and for one week around the spring equinox.
On 9 October 2021, it was lit for the 15th time on John Lennon's birthday. The monument was lit on 24 February 2022, with Ono saying the off-season lighting was "to show solidarity with Ukraine and emphasize the call for peace."
Languages on the tower
The words on the tower are written in 24 world languages:
|English: IMAGINE PEACE||Swahili: TUFIKIRIENI AMANI|
|Japanese: 平和な世界を想像してごらん||Icelandic: HUGSA SÉR FRIÐ|
|Korean: 평화를 꿈꾸자||Turkish: BARIŞI DÜŞLE|
|Chinese: 想像世界有了和平||Persian: به صلح بیندیش|
|Arabic: احلم سلام||Filipino: ILARAWAN ANG MUNDONG MAPAYAPA|
|Portuguese: IMAGINE A PAZ||Tamil: சமாதானத்தை நினையுங்கள்|
|Russian: ПРЕДСТАВЬТЕ СЕБЕ МИР||Hungarian: KÉPZELD EL A BÉKÉT|
|Hindi: शान्ति की कल्पना करें||Finnish: KUVITTELE RAUHA|
|German: STELL DIR VOR ES IST FRIEDEN||Georgian: წარმოიდგინეთ მშვიდობა|
|Italian: IMMAGINA LA PACE||Standard Tibetan: ཞི་བ་སྒོམས་|
|French: IMAGINEZ LA PAIX||Hebrew: חלום שלום|
|Spanish: IMAGINA LA PAZ||Inuktitut: ᓴᐃᒪᖃᑎᒌᑦᑕ|
An additional panel reads:
I dedicate this light tower to John Lennon
my love for you is forever
October 9th 2007
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- Official website
- "How far into the sky does the light from Yoko Ono's Peace Tower travel?" at the University of Iceland's Science Web.