Assembly house

Imagine peace tower by Yoko Ono

Viðey - Iceland

  • Fridarsulan

Verkís services was preparation, project management, project planning, project surveillance and total engineering design.

 Sizes: 17m platform diameter and 4,2m wishing well diameter
 Project time:  2007

Project overview:
The Imagine Peace Tower is an outdoor work of art created by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon. Around the cylindrical wishing well there is a platform faced with three types of native stone, hyalite, dolerite and basalt, in a striped mosaic pattern. At the center of the platform, the light emerges from a cylindrical wishing well, 4,2 m in diameter and 2 m in height. Around the well there are white panels upon which “Imagine peace” is engraved in 24 languages. The artwork is a symbol for the constant campaign for world peace, which began in the sixties and will continue forever.

The artwork was inaugurated on John Lennon's birthday October 9th in 2007. Every year the artwork is lit on his birthday and turned off on his date of death, December 8th. Furthermore, it is lit around Christmas and in March every year.

In the peace tower there are 15 searchlights, which form the light beam.  The smaller searchlights are 2 kW (6 items) and in the center there are nine 7 kW searchlights. The 9 large searchlights are placed at the center of the wishing well aiming vertically up to the sky. The smaller searchlights are below the surface at the outer circle.  The smaller beams are aimed towards the center, of the artwork onto a special rhodium mirror (45°). The mirrors reflect the light beam vertically where it joins the large beams in forming the peace tower.