Thousands gather to create human peace sign for John Lennon’s 75th birthday

Thousands of people gathered in Central Park’s East Meadow today as Yoko Ono led an attempt to create the largest-ever human peace sign in commemoration of what would have been John Lennon’s 75th birthday, which is Oct. 9. Ono tweeted a call to action after announcing the event last month, shortly after the end of her exhibition “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971” at the Museum of Modern Art.

About 2,000 people participated, ABC News reported. More than 5,000 people would have needed to gather to break the current record of 5,814, which the Ithaca Festival set in 2009.

Ono hosted the event, which was free and open to all ages, with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a mobile recording studio that works with students to create music and video projects. People posted pictures and video on Twitter and Instagram of the crowd as it began to gather this morning.

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The final result was visible from high above Central Park.