As part of Enchanted Parks in Saltwell Park, Gateshead, (4-14 December 2008) Yoko Ono will present Wish Trees for Gateshead – where visitors are invited to express their hopes and dreams by writing wishes on paper and hanging them on one of the trees.
Wishes from Wish Trees for Gateshead will be gathered at the end of the exhibition and sent to the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER in Videy Island, off the coast of Reykjavik in Iceland, to join other wishes from hundreds of thousands of people from around the world.
Thursday 4 – Sunday 14 December
Following the success and popularity of last year’s Enchanted Parks events, this December Gateshead’s Saltwell Park will be brought to life with atmospheric installations, light, sound and performance. Specially-commissioned art works celebrating stories and themes of wintertime will provide a memorable and seasonal walk in the park.
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YOKO ONO: BETWEEN THE SKY AND MY HEAD
Outdoor Artworks Throughout December
In a groundbreaking first for the North East, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is working with internationally renowned artist and musician Yoko Ono to present a number of external projects for the region. Yoko Ono is one of the pioneers of conceptual art and has an international exhibition career spanning nearly 50 years.
The outdoor artworks form part of the 2008 NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival where a number of ambitious works by Yoko Ono will be located in prominent locations around NewcastleGateshead. ONOCHORD, a work where Ono uses light to form a code spelling out “I Love You” or “•, ••, •••” will be presented as a large projection of light from a prominent building in Newcastle. Alongside this, Yoko Ono’s Film No. 5 (Smile), made in 1968, will be projected onto existing buildings in NewcastleGateshead across three evenings. The film, shot with a high-speed camera, records a single smile of John Lennon that evolves over the course of fifty-one minutes. As part of Enchanted Parks in Saltwell Park, Gateshead, (Thurs 4 – Sun 14 Dec) Ono will present Wish Trees for Gateshead – where visitors are invited to express their hopes and dreams by writing wishes on paper and hanging them on one of the trees.
The outdoor artworks form part of the major retrospective YOKO ONO – BETWEEN THE SKY AND MY HEAD at BALTIC from Sun 14 Dec 08 until Sun 15 Mar 09.
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