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Imagine Peace Tower on New Icelandic Stamp

By Iceland Review

The Icelandic Postal Company released a new series of stamps on Thursday depicting the Imagine Peace Tower, which was relit during a special ceremony on Videy island off Reykjavík on the same day with Yoko Ono, the artwork’s creator, in attendance.

The Imagine Peace Tower is dedicated to the memory of Ono’s late husband, Beatle John Lennon. The tower is a beam of light, which will shine every year between October 9, Lennon’s birthday, and the day of his assassination, December 8. It was established last year.

The stamp, designed by Örn Smári Gíslason, is printed in a traditional four-color offset format and then overprinted with phosphorus in silk screen which causes the picture to accumulate light and then glow in the dark.

When exposed to ultraviolet light, a picture of John Lennon appears on the stamp. The outlines of Lennon’s face in the picture were inspired by wishes for peace that have been hung on Ono’s “Wish Tree,” which has traveled the world since 1981.

On the paper strips surrounding a set of ten stamps the words “Imagine Peace” are written in 24 languages, as inscribed on the base of the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy, and if they are torn off and the edges glued together, people can place a candle in the middle and create their own tower of light and peace.

The stamp is worth ISK 120 (USD 1.08, EUR 0.79).

Click here to look at more pictures of the stamp and here to read more about the Imagine Peace Tower.

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