IMAGINE PEACE TOWER 21st August 2011

On the night of August 21st 2011, the City of Reykjavik in collaboration with YOKO ONO lit IMAGINE PEACE TOWER on Viðey Island, Reykjavík, Iceland, in tribute to the victims of the 22 July attacks in Oslo and Utøya in Norway.

The Norwegian authorities designated this as an official day of mourning and remembrance for those who lost their lives.

IMAGINE PEACE TOWER was ligt at 9:30pm Reykjavik time (11:30pm Oslo, 10:30pm London, 5:30pm NY, 2:30pm LA, 6:30am Tokyo).

Yoko Ono says:

“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.

I hope people of the world will join us live to watch the lighting of IMAGINE PEACE TOWER and send their wishes for peace, especially for the people of Norway, by Tweeting (@IPTower) and Facebook messaging at

Let us come together to realise a peaceful world.”

Jon Gnarr, the Mayor of Reykjavik is a committed advocate for peace:

“Empathy is the very core of humanity.

To empathise with others, be it family, friends, compatriots or faceless masses, is the heart of society – what links us all together. We all have a choice, as John and Yoko often remind us. Violence in the name of ideology is not a law of nature.

We will gather together by the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER, in the memory of the tragic death of John Lennon, who was also a victim of senseless evil. The TOWER symbolises a beacon for World Peace, and with its ray of light we emit now a message from Iceland for peace and humanity everywhere while especially commemorating the victims in Norway.“

The event in Viðey started at 8.30pm on Sunday August 21st with musicians Ellen Kristjansdottir and Eythor Gunnarsson performing in Viðeyjarstofa.

Guests wrote their wishes and hung them on Yoko Ono‘s Wish Tree.

A guided tour dedicated to IMAGINE PEACE TOWER was available during the evening.

At 9.15 pm the Mayor of Reykjavík and a representative from the Norwegian embassy in Iceland gave short addresses and conveyed a special message from Yoko Ono.

The light from IMAGINE PEACE TOWER can be seen from great distances in Reykjavík and will also be broadcast live on the website where wishes can be sent in live, via Twitter (@IPTower) and Facebook (

Everyone is encouraged to take part in this moment of sympathy and remembrance of humanity by sharing in the message: IMAGINE PEACE.


IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is a work of art by Yoko Ono constructed in co-operation with the City of Reykjavík. It is made in remembrance of John Lennon and has the words IMAGINE PEACE inscribed on it in 24 languages.

IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is located on the small island of Viðey just off the shore of the capital and is normally only lit from October 9th through to December 8th in addition to selected other dates during the year [more].

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Dear Friends

Trust in the power of wisdom
And believe in the goodness we all have.

Be an oasis for people who are suffering from spiritual thirst.
Have a vision of the society with no social injustices.

When we are given a very challenging situation, it is hard to feel love.
But It’s not any different from other challenges we have had to take care of.
We always did take care of them, and came out trusting in our power of love.

My friends, when things are bad, we know what to do.

Buddha said:
“All that we are is the result of what we thought.”

Martin Luther King said:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”

So let’s start with having good thoughts.
Imagine a world that has no injustices.
Imagine a world of love.

Right after the Norway tragedy, Norwegian politician Helle Gannestad said:
“If one man can cause so much evil, imagine how much love we can create together.”

Reykjavik city councillor, David Stefansson said:
“Let’s use love to steer through this violence.
Those who love will always outnumber and outweigh those who hate.”

These are words we are not used to hearing from politicians.
Not only that, but we are not used to hearing them from anybody, right after such tragedy.

But we are getting wiser by having gone through so many tragedies in our time.
We understand when truth is spoken.

My husband, John Lennon sang:
“Love is the answer, and you know that for sure.”

Look into people’s eyes.

They are your eyes.
They are beautiful.
They are smiling.

With love,

Yoko Ono
21 August 2011

Photos by Anna Fjóla Gislasdottir

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10 Responses to IMAGINE PEACE TOWER was lit in tribute to people of Norway on August 21st 2011

  1. Elisa Merino says:

    Paz para todos los pueblos del mundo
    Love and peace Amor

  2. Åse-Grete says:

    Thank you for this wonderful and heartwarming gesture. It is highly appreciated. Thank you for your support.

    The best wishes to you from Norway. NMRK

  3. Linds says:

    Thanks Yoko for lighting of the Imagine Peace Tower today in Iceland.John would be very proud and love it.John’s soul right now is with you and his two beautiful sons and all of us right now smiling. My prayers to the victims and their familys and everyone in Norway.I am sending them and everyone positive energy,love and my prayers.Love and Peace from California, USA

    It matters not , who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love, or how you love. 
It matters only that you love. John Lennon

  4. Eva Akinvall says:

    Such a really beautiful gesture, full of art and of heart..!

  5. Jan says:

    How I appreciate that Yoko! I can’t say I speak on behalf of the nation, but the way those killings united us, I feel I do.
    It is a great support to the true values of democracy and openess, values that we all went out in the streets and demonstrated for just a few days after this attack at our governerment buildings and the following Utøya-massacre.
    Lightning the tower is a great honour to all the young ones slaughtered.

    Thank you.
    Thank you, Iceland.
    I want to see that tower in real one day…

  6. pronto says:

    if we borrow from our very own decimal system 7 sextillions we could open an account with 1 trillion for every man woman and child and set up a global commonwealth system with endless surplus

  7. BIA says:

    Hi Yoko!!! 🙂

    How beautiful! I’m sure this light will shine and energy around the world with the infinite defenders of peace, love and humanity. You’re a fascinating person!

    I LOVE YOU!!!

    ♥ Peace and Love ♥



  8. @yokoono yes, i tought to make new chance from nautica tower records in macondo Cartagena… front of the beach, and with colors of afternoon… do you!
    bless you WOMAN….

  9. Donna Johnson says:

    The Imagine Peace Tower is beautiful in pictures I have seen. John would love it. My prayers to the people in Norway! Love and peace!!!

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