« Keep wishing while you participate »
Yoko Ono: « As a child in Japan, I used to go to a temple and write out a wish on a piece of thin paper and tie it around the branch of a tree. Trees in temple courtyards were always filled with people’s wish knots, which looked like white flowers blossoming from afar. »
The Wish Tree has been a part of many exhibitions by Yoko Ono since the 1990s. People are invited to write their wish on a piece of paper and hang it to a tree branch. It’s like a collective prayer in a way. Some wishes are deeply personal, some global wishes for peace and better future for humankind.
Yoko Ono: « All my works are a form of wishing. Keep wishing while you participate. »
Yoko Ono has used different kinds of trees at different exhibition venues, to fit the particular venue’s nature.
Wish Piece by Yoko Ono (1996)
Make a wish
Write it down on a piece of paper
Fold it and tie it around a branch of a Wish Tree
Ask your friends to do the same
Until the branches are covered with wishes