Wednesday, 12 January 2011

The Imagine Peace Tower

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Iceland Post issued the single stamp presented The Imagine Peace Tower or The Peace Tower on year 2007.

The Imagine Peace Tower is a work of art conceived by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon. The artwork was dedicated on October 9th 2007, which is Lennon’s birthday.

The Peace Tower symbolizes Lennon’s and Ono’s struggle for world peace which began in the sixties. At the base of the Tower the words “Imagine Peace” are engraved in 24 languages.

It is composed of a tall and strong tower of light that will appear every year and be visible from October 9th until December 8th, the day of Lennon’s death. In addition the Light Tower will appear on some special occasions. The Peace Tower stands on a platform 17m in diameter. At the centre of the platform the light emerges from a cylindrical Wishing Well, 4m in diameter and 2m high. The strength, intensity and brilliance of the light tower continually changes with the prevailing weather and atmospheric conditions unique to Iceland. The electricity for the light comes entirely from the Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant.

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