Ta­pes­try hon­ours John Len­non


Stand­ing in front of art­work de­pict­ing Man­hat­tan as a yel­low sub­ma­rine and John Len­non as the pi­lot dis­play­ing the peace sign, Yoko Ono joined Bono and other guests to hon­our her late hus­band Wed­nes­day.

Ono said the ta­pes­try at El­lis Is­land in New York is “so spe­cial” and that the Bea­tles band mem­ber would have loved it.

Len­non ap­pears on the art­work com­mis­sioned by Art for Amnesty founder Bill Shipsey to thank Ono on be­half of hu­man rights group Amnesty In­ter­na­tional. The or­ga­ni­za­tion raised more than $5 mil­lion in roy­al­ties from cov­ers of Len­non’s post-Bea­tles mu­sic since 2004.

The art­work show­ing Man­hat­tan as a yel­low sub­ma­rine in a sea of blue is on dis­play at the El­lis Is­land Na­tional Mu­seum of Immigration. Mu­sic ex­ec­u­tive Jimmy Iovine, U2 rocker Bono, and his band­mate The Edge, cov­ered the cost for New-York based Czech artist Peter Sis to de­sign the com­mem­o­ra­tive piece.

“This is a very happy mo­ment for the fam­ily,” Ono said.

At the event, City Coun­cil Speaker Melissa Mark-Viver­ito de­clared July 29 as John Len­non Day.

The ta­pes­try un­veil­ing marks the 40th an­niver­sary of Len­non get­ting U.S. res­i­dency. “John had to fight to get here,” Ono said.

Len­non who is orig­i­nally from Liver­pool, Eng­land, ap­peared in sev­eral de­por­ta­tion hear­ings in the early 1970s. He ini­tially was not granted U.S. res­i­dency, but that de­ci­sion was over­turned in 1975.

Ono said Len­non was de­ter­mined to stay in the U.S. partly be­cause of the change he be­lieved could hap­pen.

“He knew that what we do in Amer­ica is re­ally go­ing to af­fect the whole world,” Ono said.

Ono, a peace and hu­man rights ac­tivist, said she will con­tinue com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the public through art and mu­sic.

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