|The IMAGINE PEACE TOWER on Viðey Island
The IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is an outdoor work of art conceived by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon. The artwork was dedicated on October 9th 2007, Lennon’s 67th birthday.
The Peace Tower symbolizes Lennon’s and Ono’s struggle for world peace which began in the sixties. The words IMAGINE PEACE are inscribed on the Well in 24 different languages. The Peace Tower is composed of a tall and strong tower of light that will appear every year and be visible from October 9th until December 8th, the day of Lennon’s death. In addition the Tower will appear on some special occasions.The Peace Tower artwork is closely connected to Ono’s interactive work of art, Wish Tree from 1996. The Wish Tree has been a part of many exhibitions by Yoko Ono around the world in museums and cultural centers where people have been invited to write their personal wishes for peace and tie them to a tree branch. These wishes are to be housed in time capsules surrounding the Imagine Peace Tower.
The Peace Tower stands on a platform 17m in diameter. Around the cylindrical Wishing Well, which is the frame for the column of light, there is a platform faced with three types of native Icelandic stone – hyalite, dolerite and basalt- in a striped mosaic pattern. At the centre of the platform the light emerges from a cylindrical Wishing Well, 4m in diameter and 2m high.
The strength, intensity and brilliance of the light tower continually changes with the prevailing weather and atmospheric conditions unique to Iceland. [Photo by TetsuRo Hamada]
The electricity for the light comes entirely from the Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant.
The island of Viðey just outside Reykjavik Harbour is a historic place. Archaeological investigations on the island in recent years have revealed evidence of settlement as early as the 10th century. The “father of Reykjavik” Skúli Magnússon built the mansion and the church on the island in the late 18th century. The Icelandic Government presented the City of Reykjavik with Viðey on the city’s 200th Anniversary on August 18th, 1986.
Access to Viðey is by ferry from Skarfabakki harbour in Reykjavik.