“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.”
Yoko Ono: “All My Works Are A Form Of Wishing”
Yoko Ono’s wish trees outside of her exhibition “To The Light” at the Serpentine Gallery are pretty straight forward. She left behind a stack of luggage tag style papers and simple instructions: “Write your wish on a piece of paper. Hang the paper on the wish tree. Ask a friend to do the same. Keep wishing.”
The trees are not new. The same idea has been implemented in many cities around the world since the 1980s. That’s a lot of wishes.
Here’s a few from the trees in London:
Have you made a wish yet?
What a wonderful idea!
Seconded. Looks nice and ‘feels’ nice!
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Its a good idea, creative, i recall the fabric prayer flags in the Himalayas, for our high school student art expo we will have such a tree and call it a “prayer tree” to fit our Christian cultural context, and my personal beliefs. But we will reference it to Yoko and as a Beatle fan of old, it will be a way to sneak my favourite musicians into the field of perception of teenagers captivated by contemporary music only