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Imagine Peace Tower Lighting to be Streamed Online

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Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal

by Martin Luther King, Jr

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Courtesy borrowed from the Imagine Peace website of Yoko Ono. The artwork was dedicated to John Lennon by Yoko at its unveiling on October 9th 2007, John Lennon’s 67th birthday.

Imagine Peace Tower Lighting to be Streamed Online

The annual lighting of Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower in Reykjavik Iceland, will be streamed live via webcam from 8 pm local time (4 pm ET) today October 9th 2012.

The Imagine Peace Tower was erected on the island of Viðey off Reykjavík in 2007 in memory of Ono’s late husband John Lennon and as a symbol of their continuing campaign for world peace.

The Imagine Peace Tower is lit each year on October 9, John’s birthday, until December 8, the day of his death, as well as from December 21 to December 28 for Winter Solstice, on New Year’s Eve and from March 21 to March 28, to mark the first week of spring.

Click here to view the Imagine Peace Tower live streaming and to read more about the Imagine Peace Tower and Yoko Ono.

The Imagine Peace Tower story

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Yoko Ono is a multimedia artist who became known worldwide in the 1960s when she married Beatles front man John Lennon.

The Imagine Peace Tower (Icelandic: Friðarsúlan, meaning “the peace column”) is a memorial to John Lennon from his widow, Yoko Ono, located on Viðey Island in Kollafjörður Bay near Reykjavík, Iceland.

It consists of a tall “tower of light“, projected from a white stone monument that has the words “Imagine Peace” carved into it in 24 languages. These words, and the name of the tower, are a reference to Lennon’s peace anthem, “Imagine“.

The Imagine Peace Tower consists of 15 searchlights with prisms that act as mirrors, reflecting the column of light vertically into the sky from a 10-metre wide wishing well.

It often reaches cloudbase and indeed can be seen penetrating the cloud cover. On a clear night it appears to reach an altitude of at least 4000m. The power for the lights is provided by Iceland‘s unique geo-thermal energy grid. It uses approximately 75 kW of power.

Buried underneath the light tower are upward of 500,000 written wishes that Ono gathered over the years in another project, called “Wish Trees“. Ono plans to have the Imagine Peace Tower lit every year from 9 October, Lennon’s birthday, through 8 December, the date he was shot. Iceland was selected for the project because of its beauty and its eco-friendly use of geothermal energy.

Construction of the Imagine Peace Tower started on 9 October 2006 when Ono dedicated the location, and it was officially unveiled on the same date in 2007. The ceremony was broadcast internationally to numerous television networks. In attendance with Ono were son Sean Lennon, bandmate Ringo Starr, and Olivia Harrison, widow of George Harrison, and Olivia’s son Dhani Harrison. Yoko Ono said on the day of the inauguration that the tower was the best thing that she and John had ever done.

The LennonOno Grant For Peace 2012

The LennonOno Grant For Peace 2012 will be awarded to:

Rachel Corrie          • John Perkins          • Christopher Hitchens          • Pussy Riot          • Lady Gaga

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Yoko Ono: “@LadyGaga is one of the biggest living artists of our time. She is not only an artist, she is also an activist, using her art to bring better communication to the world. She is being acknowledged for her activism, and how her album ‘Born This Way’ has widely changed the mental map of the world. And how it has made us deal with the future world, which happens to be here already.” On October 9th, 2012, in Reykjavik, Iceland, Yoko Ono will give the Biennial LENNONONO GRANT FOR PEACE to five activists: Lady Gaga, Rachel Corrie, Christopher Hitchens, John Perkins & Pussy Riot. @LadyGaga will accept the award in person, and accept a charitable donation that she will in turn gift to the Elton John AIDS Foundation to support their work combating HIV among disadvantaged youth in the U.S.A.

Artist and activist Yoko Ono’s decision to present Lady Gaga with the LennonOno Grant for Peace at a ceremony at Harpa concert and conference center in Reykjavík at 2 pm on October 9, her late husband John Lennon’s birthday, has garnered worldwide attention.

The other individuals to receive the award this year are

Rachel Corrie, a peace activist who died in Gaza in 2003 trying to prevent the demolition of Palestinian homes;

John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man;

Christopher Hitchens, an author, humanist and noted critic of religion;

and Russian punk band Pussy Riot, arrested for anti-government protest in Moscow.

In a press release from Visit Reykjavík, Lady Gaga is described as “one of the most important artists of our time” and is praised for using her art to improve communication in the world.

“She is recognized for her struggle and for how her album Born This Way has changed the way of thinking in the world and how it has made us deal with the future, which is already here,” the statement reads.

The award ceremony will then be followed by the annual lighting of the Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey island at 8 pm (4 pm ET).

Biography of John Lennon

John Ono Lennon, MBE, born John Winston Lennon (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of The Beatles, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. Together with Paul McCartney, he formed one of the most celebrated songwriting partnerships of the 20th century.

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John Lennon performing for the Dutch television in 1964

Born and raised in Liverpool, Lennon became involved as a teenager in the skiffle craze; his first band, the Quarrymen, evolved into the Beatles in 1960. As the group disintegrated towards the end of the decade, Lennon embarked on a solo career that produced the critically acclaimed albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, and iconic songs such as “Give Peace a Chance” and “Imagine“.

After his marriage to Yoko Ono in 1969, he changed his name to John Ono Lennon. Lennon disengaged himself from the music business in 1975 to devote time to raising his infant son Sean, but re-emerged with Ono in 1980 with the new album Double Fantasy. He was murdered three weeks after its release.

Lennon revealed a rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, writing, drawings, on film and in interviews. Controversial through his political and peace activism, he moved to New York City in 1971, where his criticism of the Vietnam War resulted in a lengthy attempt by Richard Nixon’s administration to deport him, while some of his songs were adopted as anthems by the anti-war movement.

As of 2012 Lennon’s solo album sales in the United States exceed 14 million units, and as writer, co-writer or performer, he is responsible for 25 number-one singles on the US Hot 100 chart. In 2002 a BBC poll on the 100 Greatest Britons voted him eighth, and in 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth-greatest singer of all-time. He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

In memory of John Lennon and what he gave the world

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Click here to view the live streaming of the Imagine Peace Tower

 

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