The permanent conceptual installation called “One Day…” by the world-known artist and the widow of the Beatles’ John Lennon, Yoko Ono was revealed in Novi Sad, at the foot of Petrovaradin Fortress.
The monument is one of the key parts of the “Fortress of Peace” programme realized in cooperation with the EXIT Festival and co-financed by the Novi Sad 2021 Foundation and the Petroleum Industry of Serbia (NIS) company, to mark the centennial of the Versailles Peace Agreement and the end of the First World War.
The sculpture was made in the form of the traditional Serbian fishing boat called šajka.
Before the unveiling, Yoko Ono spoke to the people in attendance via a video com and said:” Peace is our power. Peace in the world and peace with the world. I love you.” She also added that she was that the monument was “part of the beautiful country of Serbia”, and that the installation spoke about “peace and survival”.
The installation bears a sign that says “”On the occasion of the hundred years since the beginning of peace (June 28, 1919 – June 28, 2019).
The founder and the director of the Exit Festival Dusan Kovacevic said it was a symbolic gesture because “a hundred years ago the war started from this region and we now send the message of peace.”
The unveiling was also attended by the Serbian Prime Minister, Ana Brnabic and Mayor of Novi Sad, Milos Vucevic.
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