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Unveiling of Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island off Reykjavík, Iceland (October 9, 2007)
The Imagine Peace Tower is a powerful beacon of light representing people’s wishes for peace, set to shine every year between October 9, Lennon’s birthday, and December 8, the anniversary of his death.
Yoko Ono told NYPost.com: “I wanted the tower to stay forever, but 24 hours a day, 365 days a year is heavy maintenance and electricity. With 24-hour daylight in summer, keeping it visible becomes an expensive undertaking, which scared the administration. So for now, it starts from John’s birthday until his death – Oct. 9 to Dec. 8. Creating it wasn’t that expensive. The government helped since this becomes a tourist attraction. I realized that, with contrasting the two symbolic dates, it gives an understanding of the shortness of life, and eternity of the spirit. It reminds one how brief life can be and is significant even for those not into John Lennon’s life.
“Actually, this is answered prayer because my first time in John’s house he talked about building a lighthouse. I never knew how to conceptualize that. I never believed this could be reality. Someday this tower will be lit 365 days for 24 hours, but for now I’m not pushing it. Forever is a long time.”
Update: In 2008, an official book on the Imagine Peace Tower was released (with bonus DVD and sheet of stamps) by the Iceland Post
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