The site at Viðey, Reykjavík, Iceland was chosen because Iceland is regarded by Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono as an eco-friendly and peaceful nation. She will light the beam at 8pm local time (9pm London, 4pm New York, 4pm Toronto, 1pm Los Angeles, 5am Tokyo). A live EarthCam feed can be viewed here
The Imagine Peace Tower is a tall "tower of light", and considered a work of art, projected from a white stone monument that has the words "Imagine Peace" carved into it in 24 languages. Ono will remain in the country to perform with her band, the Plastic Ono Band, at the Iceland Airwaves Festival
, which will also see Iceland's premier pop superstar Bjork performing.
Ono has also requested anyone can send wishes and messages of peace on Twitter (@IPTower
) and Facebook
. There is also a live world map
showing white glowing dots, each one representing a real live person, online at that moment watching the Imagine Peace Tower web page.
The light beam often reaches cloud base and can often be seen penetrating through the clouds. Buried underneath the light tower are over half a million written messages or wish trees