Yoko Ono IMAGINE PEACE at American Eagle Billboard, TImes Square, NYC.

Yoko Ono with Yvonne Force Vilareal (L) and Doreen Remen (R) from Art Production Fund at Times Square on Peace Day 21 Sept 2012.


Dear Friends,

These two gorgeous girls, Yvonne and Doreen from Art Production Fund, gave me the opportunity to create this IMAGINE PEACE Street Art for International Peace Day.

I’m happy that I now live in an age where women with intelligence and power are also mindful of keeping their life peaceful.

I just came back from a ceremony to give PUSSY RIOT the LennonOno Grant For Peace. They are also far from the stereotypical Russian woman.

It takes a lot of work to stay peaceful. That’s thinking the right way about things. And it shows in the person’s expression of face, body and movement.

Have fun, have love, and have peace! WOMEN POWER!

I love you!




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Yoko Ono IMAGINE PEACE at Viacom Billboard, TImes Square, NYC.


Yoko Ono IMAGINE PEACE at MTV Billboard, TImes Square, NYC. Photo courtesy of @MTV445.


Dear Friends,

Friday 21 September is International Peace Day.

To celebrate, in conjunction with Art Production Fund, I have made 3 different IMAGINE PEACE films which will be shown in Times Square on the MTV, Viacom and American Eagle Video Billboards.

The American Eagle Billboard is amazing – it’s made from 12 different screens over a surface area of 15,000 square feet, and it’s over 225ft high! The video for that one has been tailor-made for each screen and looks spectacular!

If you are in New York, please come to Times Square, check them out and share your Instagram & Twitter pictures using the hashtag #imaginepeaceTSQ.

The American Eagle screen is at 1551 Broadway, on the NW corner of 46th Street, and the film runs at quarter-past and quarter-to every hour.

The 2 Viacom screens are at 1515 Broadway, on the corners of 44th & 45th Streets, and their film shows at half-past every hour.

The MTV Screen is at 1520 Broadway between 44th & 45th Streets in a big gold picture frame, and the film for that shows on the hour, every hour.



Yoko Ono’s IMAGINE PEACE message to appear on Peace Day (Sept 21st) in Times Square, New York

Art Production Fund is pleased to present IMAGINE PEACE by Yoko Ono as part of the Times Square Alliance public art program on September 21, 2012, which marks the thirty-first annual International Day of Peace.

As part of this global gathering of individuals in the name of peace each year, Ono’s IMAGINE PEACE message will be translated into 24 world languages and displayed hourly across American Eagle Times Square, MTV 44 ½ and Viacom North and South signs throughout Times Square.


American Eagle screen is at 1551 Broadway, on the corner of 46th Street.

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MTV Screen is at 1520 Broadway between 44th & 45th Streets.

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Viacom screen is at 1515 Broadway – corners of 44th & 45th Streets.

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IMAGINE PEACE 2012 at Times Square

IMAGINE PEACE is Yoko Ono’s ongoing worldwide initiative of anti-violence that uses internet projects and presence, posters, thoughts, badges, and a multitude of other media to communicate its message of peace to the global community.

Located in a highly trafficked location, this Times Square installation aims to spread awareness and encourage the community to take responsibility and promote worldwide peace. “It is an honor to be able to share Yoko Ono’s vision of art and peace on such a significant platform as Times Square, which is also known as the Crossroads of the World,” said APF Co-Founders Doreen Remen and Yvonne Force Villareal. “Art reaches beyond borders and we join Ono’s commitment to opening peoples’ hearts to act on the message of peace.”

Past IMAGINE PEACE projects include the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER in Reykjavik, Iceland (2007) and IMAGINE PEACE for PAUSE at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas produced by Art Production Fund (2010). The impact of this campaign is tremendous and continues to grow. Over the past few years the artist has also collected over 1 million wishes, to be sent to the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER in Iceland.

Yoko Ono has nearly 3 million Twitter followers, 2.5 million views on YouTube as well as hundreds of thousands of supporters through other social media outlets.

This project is made possible by American Eagle, MTV and Viacom, with tremendous thanks for their donation of the Times Square signs.



“Let us come together to realize a peaceful world” – Yoko Ono.

About Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono (b. 1933, Tokyo, Japan) lives and works in New York. Ono is an influential artist who pushes the boundaries of the art, film, music and theatre media. She received the prestigious Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 2009 Venice Biennale.

About Art Production Fund

Art Production Fund (APF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to commissioning and producing ambitious public art projects, reaching new audiences and expanding awareness through contemporary art. Co-Founders: Yvonne Force Villareal & Doreen Remen; Director: Casey Fremont Crowe.
For more information please visit: http://www.artproductionfund.org/projects/yoko-ono-imagine-peace

About Times Square Arts

Times Square Arts, the public art program of the Times Square Alliance, presents leading contemporary art and performances in multiple forms and media to more than 400,000 daily visitors to New York City’s Times Square, making it one of the highest profile public arts programs in the United States. Since its inception, Times Square Arts has featured works by a diverse group of more than four dozen prominent and emerging artists. Times Square Arts is partially funded by Rockefeller Brothers Fund. www.TimesSquareNYC.org/arts