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Bringing to Life "Strawberry Fields Forever"

A Communal Place of Peace

Strawberry Fields sign at entrance to the area

An essential pilgrimage for Beatles fans since John Lennon's death in 1980, Strawberry Fields, located in Central Park, is a living tribute to the man who inspired myriad of people through his music and social activism.

While Strawberry Fields is a popular spot for Beatles fans to gather year–round and for City residents to find solace, it is especially cherished and meaningful on the anniversary of John Lennon's death, December 8.

Selecting & Naming Strawberry Fields

Benches surround the Imagine monument in Strawberry Fields
A man relaxes in the peaceful garden

Four months after his tragic murder on December 8, 1980, the City Council designated a 2.5 acre landscape in Central Park "Strawberry Fields," named such after the popular 1967 Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever."

Strawberry Fields is located just yards away from John Lennon and Yoko Ono's home, the Dakota Apartments, where Lennon was shot.

Thanks in part to a donation by Lennon's widow Yoko Ono in 1984, landscape architect Bruce Kelly was able to oversee the area's renovation. Two highlights of the landscape, the Garden of Peace and the Imagine monument, were created during this period of improvement (1984-1985).

Garden of Peace: A Meditative Space

Using Yoko Ono's 1984 funding for the improvement of Strawberry Fields, Bruce Kelly designed the Garden of Peace. This contemplative space, fashioned in harmony with the original vision of Central Park creators Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, abounds with shrubs, trees, flowers, and rocks donated by 150 nations around the world.

Visitors frequently drape the Imagine monument in flowers as a tribute to John Lennon
A visitor inspects the monument and contemplates its meaning

Imagine a Monument

As part of the Garden of Peace constructed during the 1984 repairs and developments, Neopolitan artisans crafted a circular black and white marble mosaic impressed with the word "Imagine" at its center and donated it to the park.

With its reference to the 1971 hit Beatles song "Imagine," an idealistic song about a better world, and its beautiful starburst pattern, the mosaic provides comfort and inspiration for casual passerby and eager visitor alike.

Visiting Strawberry Fields

Strawberry Fields is located on the west side of Central Park between 71st and 74th streets. By subway, take the B or C train to 72nd Street station and enter the park.

Historical Event Photos of Strawberry Fields

George Harrison Memorial

Image of Beatles fans gather at the Imagine mosaic to pay tribute to the late George Harrison the day after his death on November 29, 2001. Photo by S.T. Tucker

Image of The Imagine mosaic on November 30, 2001. The mosaic became a gathering spot for those wishing to mourn the loss of George Harrison the previous day. Photo by S.T. Tucker

Image of Candles, flowers and Beatles mementos cover the Imagine monument the day after George Harrison?s death. Photo by S.T. Tucker

Image of Mourners leave gifts at the Imagine mosaic in honor of George Harrison on November 30, 2001, the day after his death. Photo by S.T. Tucker

Unveiling of Strawberry Fields Sign

Image of Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono attend the unveiling of the Strawberry Fields sign on October 9, 1985. Photo by Daniel McPartlin

Image of Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono attend the unveiling of the Strawberry Fields sign on October 9, 1985. Photo by Daniel McPartlin

More About Strawberry Fields

Strawberry Fields Historical Sign
Imagine Monument in Strawberry Fields
The Daily Plant: The Death of George Harrison

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