Art Yoko Ono’s campaign for peace in the squares of the world 

Yoko Ono’s campaign for peace in the squares of the world 

Giulia Guido

It was December 1969 when Yoko Ono and John Lennon organized the first Bed-In in history, protesting the Vietnam War and launching the “War Is Over” campaign. Now the celebrated artist and activist is back with a campaign reminiscent of that of fifty years ago that has invaded squares around the world. 

Following the events that saw the rise of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Yoko Ono has created, in collaboration with CIRCA and Serpentine Gallery, a luminous billboard that as an aesthetic resembles that of 1969 with the words “Imagine Peace“. 

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The initiative started from Piccadilly Circus in London and arrived in the squares of some of the most important cities in the world. Every day for the entire month of March, at 8:22 pm sharp, the message of peace will light up London, Los Angeles, Milan, Melbourne, Berlin, New York and Seoul. 

Although in recent weeks it has become increasingly difficult to imagine peace, Yoko Ono’s installation invites us not to lose hope. 

Written by Giulia Guido
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