Yoko Ono: Wish Trees for Pasadena
2 Aug 2008 – 9 Nov 2008
One Colorado, 24 E Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103
The Armory, One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley, Old Pasadena, CA 91103
West Colorado Blvd. Between N Fair Oaks & N Delacey Ave.
Public access to Ono’s art installation and the One Colorado Courtyard is free.
Tel: 626.792.5101 x 116
Wish Tree for Pasadena is an art installation that consists of 21 living crape myrtle trees installed amongst the café tables and chairs in the Courtyard of One Colorado. Visitors are invited to write their wishes on pieces of paper and hang them on the tree branches. Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree for Pasadena is free and open to the public.
The opening of the Pasadena Wish Tree exhibition will be celebrated by a group of childcare providers from Cultural Care Au Pair, along with the local children they care for and other members of their host families, giving the event a truly international flavor. The opening occurs Saturday, August 2 at 10:00 A.M. in the One Colorado Courtyard.
The local Cultural Care Au Pairs will be helping the children reach the tree branches to tie wishes in the trees.
Wishes from Wish Tree for Pasadena will be joined with others from all over the world and placed in specially constructed capsules to be installed in the area surrounding Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island, off the coast of Reykjavík, Iceland. The artwork is dedicated to the memory of John Lennon. The tower, a column of light emanating from a stone base with a radius of about 10 meters, is lit for two months each year starting on October 9, John Lennon’s birthday, and ending on December 9, the anniversary of his death. The artwork is also lit at certain other special times during the year.
For more information, visit www.IMAGINEPEACE.com
Facts about Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree for Pasadena
• 21 crape myrtle trees (Lagerstroemia)
• Planters are recycled wine barrels
• Yoko Ono’s artwork, Wish Tree, has been presented around the world, including the city of Detroit; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro; Museum of Modern Art, Oxford; Lonja del Pescado, Alicante, Spain; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Samsung Museum, Seoul; the Venice Biennale exhibition; and numerous other venues
• Hundreds of thousands of wishes have been collected from around the world
• Trees will be donated to Arlington Garden, a community garden in Pasadena following the installation
Presented in collaboration with the Armory Center for the Arts and One Colorado.
Yoko Ono’s influence for this piece is connected to her early childhood experiences in Japan: “As a child, 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 bush. Trees in temple courtyards were always filled with people’s wish knots, which looked like white flowers blossoming from afar,” she said.
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.
Yoko Ono (1996)
The act of wishing is described by Ono as a “collective prayer.” Some wishes are deeply personal, some represent wishes for all humankind.
Ono’s Wish Tree installation is part of Armory Public View, which is dedicated to presenting large-scale art installations by internationally recognized artists in the outdoor pedestrian spaces of One Colorado (which included Daniel Buren’s monumental artwork in 2007.)
The Armory Center for the Arts is an arts center based in the community. The center offers innovative approaches to creating, exploring and presenting the visual arts to students of all ages. In addition to providing an outlet for contemporary art exhibitions and performances, the Armory offers studio art classes and a variety of educational outreach programs to more than fifty schools and community sites.
One Colorado spans one city block in the center of Old Pasadena. This award-winning property unites the authentic urban environment of 17 historic buildings with 40 contemporary fashion and dining attractions. Opened with much success in 1992, One Colorado is the catalyst that spurred the rebirth of Old Pasadena, and continues to set the standard for urban mixed-use properties throughout the country. It’s Courtyard and pedestrian alleys are consistently filled with high-quality art exhibitions, festivals of classic films, live blues and jazz concerts, and large-scale site-specific art installations. For ten consecutive years, the property has demonstrated unwavering support for cultural programs, including attracting the AFI to Pasadena in 1997 and 1998, and donating space for the Pasadena Art Space for the City of Pasadena Department of Cultural Affairs from 1997 through 2000.
Armory Public View is made possible by the generosity of One Colorado. One Colorado and the Armory Center for the Arts provide extensive staff resources to create, publicize and manage the program. Support for Armory professional services is provided by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Wallace Foundation.
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