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The illumination of IMAGINE PEACE TOWER at Viðey Island, October 9th 2020

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IMAGINE PEACE TOWER will be illuminated on Viðey Island on Friday 9th October for the fourteenth time, in memory of John Lennon and as a symbol for John´s and Yoko Ono´s fight for peace. This year also marks the occasion of John Lennon’s 80th birthday. IMAGINE PEACE TOWER will be lit at 9pm.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no one will be allowed to access the island this year. Instead, there will be a live stream from a short ceremony where Dagur B. Eggertsson, Mayor of Reykjavík, will say a few inspiring words before turning on the magnificent beam of IMAGINE PEACE TOWER. The live stream from Viðey will be accessible on the website and on Reykjavík City´s Facebookpage at 9pm Friday October 9th 2020. People are encouraged to join in the ceremony wherever they may be and take a moment to IMAGINE PEACE.


IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is an outdoor work of art conceived by Yoko Ono, located at Viðey Island, honouring the memory of her late husband, John Lennon. Each year, on his birthday, IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is re-lit in a ceremony and beams with a stream of lights high into the sky until it is turned off on the day he died, 8 December. The art piece is a symbol for John and Yoko’s fight for peace. IMAGINE PEACE TOWER has the shape of a wishing well where the words “Imagine Peace” are written in 24 languages all around the art piece, and refer to the song “Imagine” by John Lennon. Yoko Ono invites all guest of the lighting of  IMAGINE PEACE TOWER to write their wishes on a piece of paper and hang it on one of the wish trees, which will be located at Reykjavik City Hall and at the Reykjavík Art Museum.

More than one million wishes for peace have been delivered from all over the world concerning the Imagine Peace project and the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER. They are preserved and their messages continue on in the Wishing Well of the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER.