​Yoko Ono London Exhibit: Dirt Piles In Serpentine Gallery

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June 20, 2012

Yoko Ono has unveiled her latest art for the first time in a decade called “To The Light” in the Serpentine Gallery, but some might be confused on what it actually means.

For example, in one work of art on display there are three identical mounds of earth labeled “Country A,” “Country B,” and “Country C,” in front of the classic “War Is Over” poster she made with John Lennon.

There are also suspended World War II helmets hanging on clear wire from the ceiling and inside there are blue jigsaw puzzle pieces.

The Daily Mail reported that it includes new and existing installations, films and performances, as well as archive material relating to several key early works.

There are several screens on a wall and one of six videos includes her 1968 slow-motion of John Lennon smiling.

It is part of the London 2012 Festival, a 12-week UK-wide celebration featuring internationally-renowned artists from Midsummer’s Day on 21 June to the final day of the Paralympic Games on 9 September 2012.

Yoko Ono has worked as an artist, film-maker, poet, musician, writer, performance artist and peace activist for over five decades.

Alongside her exhibition staged inside the Gallery, Yoko Ono has also put together a largescale participatory project, called #smilesfilm in Kensington Gardens.

Visitors from all over the world can drop in to a specially-designed photo booth installed outside the Serpentine Gallery and record their smiles.

These images will then be collected to make #smilesfilm, which will be exhibited in a physical form on a screen at the Serpentine Gallery and presented globally in digital form on a dedicated website, smilesfilm.com, and apps for iPhone and iPad.

“Ono’s project at the Serpentine will tap into the transformative potential of the smile, which can change an individual’s view, but also radiate out into the world. Ono associates this transmission of positive energy with healing and peace,” the gallery said.