October 9, 2007

Videy Island, Reykjavik, Iceland
Oct.9’07 – Yoko Ono, with her son Sean, daughter Kyoko, Ringo Starr and Olivia Harrison celebrate the lighting of the Imagine Peace Tower. It is a bright beacon of light to spread the message and inspire the people of the world to “Imagine Peace” (more information is available at ImaginePeace.com)

At the press conference Yoko Ono said she was making the Peace Tower in Iceland because the energy of the earth flows from north to south, and so the wish for peace will flow around the world.

At the press conference Yoko Ono said she was making the Peace Tower in Iceland because the energy of the earth flows from north to south, and so the wish for peace will flow around the world.

Yoko Ono on Videy Island in Reykjavik Iceland on October 9, 2007. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The Peace Tower is located on Videy Island a short ferry ride from Reykjavik, Iceland. One of the reasons Yoko wanted to make the Peace Tower in Iceland is that 80% of the power there comes from renewable geothermal heat, and she hopes the Peace Tower will call attention to this great source of energy.

The Peace Tower is located on Videy Island a short ferry ride from Reykjavik, Iceland. One of the reasons Yoko wanted to make the Peace Tower in Iceland is that 80% of the power there comes from renewable geothermal heat, and she hopes the Peace Tower will call attention to this great source of energy.

Yoko Ono's Peace Tower located on Videy Island in Reykjavik Iceland on October 8, 2007. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Kyoko, Sean, Yoko Ono, Olivia Harrison & Ringo Starr listen to the Mayor of Reykjavik  make the introductions.

Kyoko, Sean, Yoko Ono, Olivia Harrison & Ringo Starr listen to the Mayor of Reykjavik
make the introductions.

Kyoko Ono Cox, Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono, Olivia Harrison, and Ringo Starr in Reykjavik, Iceland on October 9, 2007. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Then they all posed for a photo in front of the Peace Tower

Then they all posed for a photo in front of the Peace Tower

Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, and Olivia Harrison at the Peace Tower in Reykjavik Iceland on October 9, 2007. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Yoko gave a short speech to thank the people of Iceland and to say "Happy Birthday" to John Lennon, who had asked her to build the 'house of light' described in one of her writings 40 years ago.

Yoko gave a short speech to thank the people of Iceland and to say “Happy Birthday” to John Lennon, who had asked her to build the ‘house of light’ described in one of her writings 40 years ago.

Yoko Ono on Videy Island in Reykjavik Iceland on October 9, 2007. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

After her dedication Yoko took a walk around the Tower. It has six light sources beaming through tunnels to the center where they are reflected upwards with 9 other lights, making for a very bright beacon for Peace.

After her dedication Yoko took a walk around the Tower. It has six light sources beaming through tunnels to the center where they are reflected upwards with 9 other lights, making for a very bright beacon for Peace.

Yoko Ono on Videy Island in Reykjavik Iceland on October 9, 2007. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Yoko, Olivia and Ringo wait to say a few words at the after party at the Reykjavik Art Museum.

Yoko, Olivia and Ringo wait to say a few words at the after party at the Reykjavik Art Museum.

Yoko Ono, Olivia Harrison, and Ringo Starr at the Reykjavik Art Museum in Reykjavik Iceland on October 9, 2007. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The Peace Tower is very impressive and will be lit from Oct 9 - Dec 8th each year. People can take a ferry to the island to visit.

The Peace Tower is very impressive and will be lit from Oct 9 – Dec 8th each year. People can take a ferry to the island to visit.

Yoko Ono's Peace Tower located on Videy Island in Reykjavik Iceland on October 9, 2007. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

This is the time capsule that will be filled with written messages for peace gathered from Yoko's art shows in the last few years.

This is the time capsule that will be filled with written messages for peace gathered from Yoko’s art shows in the last few years.

The Imagine Peace Time Capsule in Reykjavik Iceland on October 9, 2007. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

I posed for a photo with my friend Tetsu Hamada, who is the Technical Director of the Peace Tower project.

I posed for a photo with my friend Tetsu Hamada, who is the Technical Director of the Peace Tower project.

Bob Gruen, and Tetsu Hamada in Reykavik Iceland on October 9, 2007. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com