For John Lennon's birthday, Yoko Ono will attempt a giant peace sign
By DAVID NG
SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
Yoko Ono attends her "One Woman Show" media preview at the Museum of Modern Art on May 12, 2015, in New York. (Evan Agostini / InvisionAP)
To celebrate the 75th birthday of John Lennon, Yoko Ono is inviting the general public once again to give peace a chance: in the form of a giant, human peace sign in New York's Central Park.
Having recently concluded the run of her solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Ono is taking on as her next major project an attempt to create the world's largest human peace sign on Oct. 6, three days before the date that would have been the late former Beatle's 75th birthday.
Organizers announced Friday that the general public is invited to participate in the event on the East Meadow of Central Park in New York. The gathering is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., near the park entrance on 99th Street and 5th Avenue.
Participants are required to register online, but the event is free and open to all ages. The event, titled "Imagine Peace," is organized by the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a traveling, nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing hands-on music education to students.
On Friday, Ono officially brought the Tour Bus to New York to commemorate her late husband's birthday in a public event attended by local officials. She was joined by former "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" actor Reeve Carney, who performed numbers including "Imagine," for a gathering of schoolchildren.
Lennon was born Oct. 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England. He was killed by a gunman in 1980 at 40, near his home in New York. Since his death, Lennon fans have frequently congregated at Strawberry Fields, on the west side of Central Park, to observe the star's birthday and death.
Ono, a performance artist and peace activist, was the subject of the recent MoMA exhibition titled "Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971." The show, which ended Sept. 7, was the museum's first exhibition dedicated exclusively to the artist and spotlighted her performance pieces and other avant-garde creations.
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Yoko at Strawberry Fields