In Oct. 9, John Lennon would have turned 75 years old. His widow, artist and peace activist Yoko Ono, hoped to commemorate the songwriter's legacy and advocacy by organizing the world's largest human peace sign at Central Park in New York.
Ono sought to congregate around 6,000 to 10,000 people, enough to break a world record, to form the human peace sign. The current Guinness World Record is set at 5,814 people in Ithaca, NY in 2009.
"You don't have to do much/ Power works in mysterious ways. Visualize the domino effect. And just start thinking PEACE," she tweeted, following the announcement of the event.
You don't have to do much Power works in mysterious ways Visualize the domino effect And just start thinking PEACE
— Yoko Ono (@yokoono) September 10, 2015
Unfortunately, according to a Guinness World Record rep, the event only managed to assemble around 2,000 people, falling short of the attempt to break a world record.
"The attempt made for some striking pictures but came up short," a report said.
The event, however, still turned out to be a fitting tribute to the legendary songwriter. The New York crowd included everyone from aging hippies to school children not yet born when Lennon died. Ono sent out her love and appreciation to everyone who participated.
"New York was a very special place for John--his adopted home -- and I'm so happy that the John Lennon Bus is there to celebrate his 75th birthday," the 82-year-old artist shared.
On Lennon's actual birthdate, Ono will be in Reykjavik, Iceland for the annual lighting of the Imagine Peace Tower.
The white stone monument projects a strong light beam into the sky. The memorial is lit each year on that date, and other selected dates as well.
Lennon co-founded the Beatles with Paul McCartney. This band changed the face of pop and rock music for their generation and generations to come. Lennon was fatally shot outside his Dakota apartment building in New York on Dec. 8, 1980.
Watch footage of the giant human peace sign below.