STATEMENT FROM YOKO ONO FOR IMAGINE PEACE EXHIBITION
You may think, well, how are we going to get one billion people to think
Because if one billion people in the world think peace, we will get peace.
Remember each one of us has the power to change the world.
Power works in mysterious ways.
You don’t have to do much.
Visualize the domino effect and just start thinking peace.
The message will circulate faster than you think.
It’s time for action.
And the action is peace.
Spread the word.
I love you!
-Yoko Ono, Excerpt from Statement for Imagine Peace Exhibition at JEMA, Belfast, U.K. Spring 2008.
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.
Until the branches are covered with wishes.
-Yoko Ono, 2007
“I would say all my works are a form of prayer or a wish. And so this is really a wish piece. And people write down their wishes, and then they sort of tie the knot on the tree. There are lines of people who want to do that. So, whenever we have the "Wish Tree" piece, we have to supply maybe three or four or sometimes twenty trees instead of the first one because the one becomes so heavy with [paper] ... it's an incredible amount of ... wishing. I enjoy that piece very much, and I have wishes from people from many different countries now and I'm keeping it all. I am not going to look [at them], I mean it's sacrilegious to look [at them]. Their wish should go from here to there directly, not being interfered or intruded on by me. So, I am collecting all these wishes, and then one day I am going to make a piece that contains all the wishes and it will be very powerful, I think.”
-Yoko Ono, Egg Interview
About IMAGINE PEACE TOWER
The IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is a work of art conceived by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon.
It is dedicated to peace and bears the inscription 'IMAGINE PEACE' in 24 languages.
Its construction and installation is a collaboration between Yoko Ono, the City of Reykjavik, Reykjavik Art Museum and Reykjavik Energy.
The work is in the form of a wishing well from which a very strong and tall tower of light emerges. The strength, intensity and brilliance of the light tower continually changes as the particles in the air fluctuate with the prevailing weather and atmospheric conditions unique to Iceland.
Every year it will light up between October 9th (Lennon's birthday) and December 8th (the day of his death).
In addition the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER will be lit on New Year's Eve, during the first week of spring and on some rare special occasions agreed between the City and Ono.
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