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Jón Gnarr is one of four recipients of the 2014 Lennon Ono Grant For Peace

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  • Gnarr has left the building Jón Gnarr in his former office in Reykjavík City Hall. He stepped down as mayor last spring. Photo/GVA

Former mayor of Reykjavík comedian and writer Jón Gnarr, is one of four recipients of the 2014 Lennon Ono Grant For Peace. Yoko Ono announced the recipients of the biennial award yesterday on her Facebook page and on her web page imaginepeace.com. “Jón Gnarr showed the world that governmental politics are for the people and by the people,” Yoko said in her statement.

The award, which was inaugurated in 2002, will be presented in Reykjavík on October 9th, which is John Lennon’s birthday.

In her press release Yoko Ono said: “I am very happy to honour each of these four recipients this year with the award that, for me, symbolises much of the work that John Lennon and I tried to do together and which I now continue to do”.

Yoko Ono At the 2007 Imagine Peace Tower opening. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

Yoko has since 2007 travelled to Iceland to lead ceremonies commemorating John Lennon on October 9, his birthday. On that day she illuminates Imagine Peace Tower, a vast tower of light which is situated on the island of Viðey. The tower is lit from that day until the date of Lennon’s death, December 8th.

The monument consists of a white wishing well with the words ‘Imagine Peace’ carved in 24 different languages. 15 searchlights are powered by Iceland’s plentiful geothermal energy and pour a stream of light up to and into cloud cover. On a clear night, the beams can reach up to 4,000 meters into the sky.  

Imagine Peace Tower The tower is lit kept lit every year from October 9th, Lennon’s birthday, through December 8th, the date of his death, and on special occcasions. Photo by Imagine Peace Tower Instagram account.

The other awardees are:

JANN WENNER
Co-founder and publisher of ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine
YO: “In the ’60’s and 70′s, with Rolling Stone, Jann Wenner made Rock ‘n’ Roll a household name single-handedly promoting it within the press.”

JEREMY GILLEY
Founder of the non-profit organisation Peace One Day
YO: “Jeremy Gilley, with Peace One Day, made it easy for all people to join the Peace movement.”

DOREEN REMEN and YVONNE FORCE VILLAREAL
Founders of the non-profit arts organisation Art Production Fund
YO: “Art Production Fund is an ambitious public arts project created by Doreen Remen and Yvonne Force Villareal.”

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