October 02 2018
Iceland’s Imagine Peace Tower Will Be Relit in Honor of John Lennon this October
The illumination ceremony will take place on October 9 at the Viðey Island near Reykjavik.
One of Iceland’s most famous landmarks is the Imagine Peace Tower. Built on Viðey Island near Reykjavik, the tower was created by Yoko Ono in 2007 in dedication of John Lennon’s 67th birthday and to honor his campaign for peace. The monument is relit every year on his birthday, October 9th, and stays lit until the anniversary of his death, December 8th. Each year, the tower is illuminated in a unique ceremony and thousands watch as it’s lit to create a beautiful display of light beams in the sky.
The words “Imagine Peace” are carved into the white stone of the monument in 24 different languages in reference to Lennon’s song “Imagine” and his advocacy for world peace. Located underneath the monument are over one million wishes that Yoko Ono gathered for her project, “Wish Tree.” All guests of the relighting ceremony are invited to contribute their own wishes to one of the four wishing trees.
For years, Iceland has been ranked as the most peaceful country in the world, making it the perfect location for this monument.