“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?