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Make a Wish! Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree at the MoMA

Last Friday, I went to NYC’s Museum of Modern Art for a story I was writing about an artist whose goal it is to draw Every Person In New York. (By the way, you don’t have to live in NYC to be part of the project — as long as you’re in the city when he draws you, it counts.)

When I was done with the interview, I spent some time exploring the museum. Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree had arrived a few weeks before (and will be here until the fall), but I hadn’t seen it yet. The idea behind it is simple enough: people write down on tags, hang them up and then when the tree gets full they’re all taken down so more people can put up wishes. Yoko Ono has done this project in cities all over the world. Right now there are even some Wish Trees in Washington, DC.

The Wish Tree is part of Yoko Ono’s larger Imagine Peace initiative. I was expecting that most of the wishes would have to do with peace or lofty goals, but I was intrigued to see that most of the wishes were much simpler than that and many of them seemed attainable. In fact, it sort of reminded me of Steve Martin’s famous Christmas Wish monologue on Saturday Night Live. You can see some of the wishes below…

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3 Responses to Make a Wish! Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree at the MoMA

  1. Aly July 21, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    That’s a cool one! We missed seeing that when we were at the MOMA! The wishing tree is a tradition from Japan, during the summer festivals people write down their wishes and tie the piece of paper on the bamboo. You can also see it all over the trees at temples. Pretty cool project though!

  2. AnaVar July 22, 2010 at 2:53 am #

    That’s cute! Thanks Aly for additional info! Maybe I’ll make one at home for my family :)

  3. jessiev
    Twitter: WanderingEds
    July 24, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    lovely.

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