My husband and I walked around the corner into the courtyard and saw something amazing. The courtyard had several trees in it and every tree was hanging full of white pieces of paper. We figured it must be some kind of art installation but we definitely did not understand the significance of the white papers hanging from the trees. Each piece of paper was tied to the tree by a piece of string. We took a look at some of the pieces of paper and we saw hand written messages. Some were anonymous and some were signed.
They were from men and women and from boys and girls. Here is what some of them said:
“I wish my girlfriend would marry me.”
“I wish my mom did not have cancer.”
“I wish I could eat all the candy in the world and not get fat or get cavities.”
“I wish I did not have to go to school.”
“I wish for world peace.”
“I wish nobody ever went to bed hungry – unless they were dieting.”
We had stumbled upon the Wish Tree project. You can see from the sample above that some of the wishes were very serious and heartfelt and others were more fanciful. Some of the wishes brought tears to my eyes and some gave me a great big laugh.
We were curious about the Wish Tree project and so we did some research:
• What we witnessed was just one of 80 Wish Tree installations.
• These trees have had over 10,000 visitors.
• Wishes are added at a rate of about 1,200 per day.
The Wish Tree project is sponsored by Yoko Ono. It is part of a larger project, the ‘Imagine Peace Tower’; a memorial she is creating to honor John Lennon. Although not all of the wishes on the tree were for world peace, the hope is that people will express the wish for peace.
Eventually of the wishes from this tree and the other trees will be part of the ‘Imagine Peace Tower.’ Imagine the power of all of those wishes!
PS – The wish tree installation we visited is in Pasadena, California and will be available until November 2, 2008.