Today, Beatle legend John Lennon would have turned 66-years-old. To celebrate her late husband’s birthday, Ono will bless the spot where she plans to erect a peace pole, a pillar of light filled with people’s hopes and wishes.
On this day next year the obelisk will cast its light of peace for the first time from the island of Videy off the coast of Reykjavík. The pole will be 20 meters high and shine 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The renowned artist and peace activist first got the idea for the peace pole 40 years ago. This is reported in all the main media.
In a press conference held yesterday, Yoko Ono said: “The timing could not be more appropriate. Right now, light is what the world so desperately needs. We all live in the darkness and confusion of a polluted world. This column of light in Iceland will not be extinguished.”
Yoko Ono first came to Iceland in 1991 when she held an art exhibition in Kjarvalstadir. RÚV reports that at that occasion Ono got to know the country and culture and fell in love with the Icelandic nature and history. She chose to erect her peace pole on Videy because she thought the island was both beautiful and peaceful.
Today, Ono will disburse two grants from the Lennon Ono Grant For Peace foundation to the organizations Doctors Without Borders and Center for Constitutional Rights. Yesterday, she introduced the short film ‘USA vs. John Lennon’, which marked the end of the Reykjavík film festival.
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