Yoko Ono came to Reykjavík on Friday Feb. 24 to promote her idea of a peace column. The work of art should be approximately 10 to 12 meters high and situated in Videy, an island about five minutes sailing by boat from Reykjavík. The column should be transparent and hollow. The idea is to fill it with wishes of peace from all over the world. Yoko Ono, the widow of the late Beatle, John Lennon, said that her idea was that wishes from her peace trees from all over the world should be put inside the column.
Yoko held a press conference today, joined by city council member Stefán Jón Hafstein, and said that she wished that the column should be accessible to the public regularly, with a special peace rally held at the column once a year around John’s birthday, October 9 (which is also their son’s Sean’s birthday). Sean joined his mother at the news conference and was asked whether it worried them that <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Iceland had declared support for the US in Iraq. He answered that the only place with absolute peace would be the North Pole, and if the work of art were placed there nobody would see it.
Yoko said she had fallen in love with Reykjavík the first time she came here and believed that this was the best place in the world to put this extraordinary piece of art.