Communion Of Dreams


Imagine.
October 18, 2007, 10:38 am
Filed under: Art, Astronomy, John Lennon, Light pollution, MetaFilter, Music

Via MeFi, news that Yoko Ono has completed a “light tower” in tribute to her late husband. Here’s an excerpt of what Amy Goodman wrote about it:

John Lennon would have turned 67 years old last week had he not been murdered in 1980, at the age of 40, by a mentally disturbed fan. On his birthday, Oct. 9, his widow, peace activist and artist Yoko Ono, realized a dream they shared. In Iceland, she inaugurated the Imagine Peace Tower, a pillar of light emerging from a wishing well, surrounded on the ground by the phrase “Imagine Peace” in 24 languages.

The website for the project has some very cool images of the construction, testing, and final result (here’s my favorite). This type of use of light is becoming increasingly popular (and is more tangible than my own Paint the Moon project from Communion of Dreams). It can be problematic, though, since light pollution is a real problem, and not just for astronomy. Still, I’d rather have things like this than just random searchlights marking where some car dealer is having a sale.

Jim Downey


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Sounds similar to the pillars of light that shone in NYC as a ghost of the twin towers for a time.

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