VIDEO – Las Vegas, Nev. – IMAGINE PEACE, a digital work by Yoko Ono, was installed at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas last February. The work, featured both inside the lobby and on the 65-foot digital marquee, superimposes the words “IMAGINE PEACE” in 24 languages over a serene backdrop of clouds drifting across a blue sky. An instrumental version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” accompanied the visual display.
The installation was part of Yoko Ono’s continuing peace initiative that traces back to her activism with John Lennon in the 1960s. While a related digital installation was shown in Times Square in 2010, the Las Vegas iteration drew distinct connections to IMAGINE PEACE TOWER, a 2007 outdoor light work on the island of Viðey in Reykjavík, Iceland, which Ono dedicated to Lennon.
Ono’s ongoing participatory piece, Wish Tree, was also at the Cosmopolitan’s spa. The wishes that people tied to its branches were sent to IMAGINE PEACE TOWER‘s site in Iceland following the installation, while the tree itself was planted in Las Vegas. The public was invited to submit wishes via social media, email, and postcard as well.
Ono will continue to work in the public realm with her first permanent work of public art in the Americas, titled SKY LANDING. Set to open on the Wooded Island in Chicago’s Jackson Park in June 2016, the project aims to provide a contemplative place for park visitors to gather and feel connected to both earth and sky. SKY LANDING is the second of four projects planned as part of Project 120, which will renew Olmsted’s 1895 General Plan for Jackson Park 120 years after the initial landscape design.
Video by Vital Vegas.
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