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Iceland may not be having the best of times right now, but life there isn't all bad news. In October 2007, Yoko Ono unveiled the Imagine Peace Tower (Friðarsúlan in Icelandic, meaning 'the peace column'), a memorial to John Lennon.

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We all know Lennon's anthemic peace song. This is the physical incarnation of it, dreamt up by Ono and discussed with her husband in 1965. Located on Viðey Island, off the coast of Reykjavík, it's a tower of light, projected from a white stone well.

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Inside the well are six searchlights with prism-like mirrors that shoot the light straight up into the sky. The column of light is powered by Iceland's geothermal energy grid, and is said to reach a height of 4,000 meters.  

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Underneath the tower are over half a million hand-written messages that Yoko Ono has collected through her Wish Tree project. And carved into the well's wall are the words 'Imagine Peace' in 24 languages.

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Ono intends to light the tower every year from 9 October, Lennon's birthday, to 8 December, the date of his death.

Wish Piece by Yoko Ono (1996)

Make a wish
Write it down on a piece of paper
Fold it and tie it around a branch of a Wish Tree
Ask your friends to do the same
Keep wishing
Until the branches are covered with wishes

RM

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