Wish Trees for Pasadena Move to their New Home Today
…The trees are being dedicated as a permanent contemplative grove at Arlington Garden in Pasadena. Arlington Garden is a demonstration Mediterranean climate garden located at 275 Arlington Drive. In just three-and-a-half years since its founding, the Garden has become home to 2,300 trees and Mediterranean climate plants and uncounted California Poppies and other wildflowers each spring. It has become a popular place to learn about Mediterranean climate gardening and to enjoy a bit of serenity in an ever-urbanized community. – Robin Faulk, One Colorado
The wish trees were on display from August 2nd until November 9th. Last Sunday more than 50 volunteers armed with scissors, boxes and bags helped to collect the wishes. The volunteers, mostly local students, stayed until well past dark and there were still trees full of wishes. the remainder of the wishes were “harvested” throughout the week according to Robin Faulk of One Colorado. The wishes will be sent to Yoko Ono, where they will join wishes from around the world surrounding the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island, off the coast of ReykjavÌk, Iceland.
Here is our photo essay of the volunteers harvesting the wishes last week
by Elise Thompson, LAist
Fifty volunteers gather and cut wishes off the “Wish Trees” at One Colorado in Pasadena Saturday, November 9, 2008. Over 90,000 wishes will be sent to Yoko Ono for the Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland in memory of John Lennon. One Colorado is donating the 21 crape myrtles to Arlington Garden in Pasadena to become part of a “contemplative” garden Saturday.
Courtney Presley, 13, of San Marino
Cyndhia Valle, 17, of Pasadena
PASADENA – Arlington Garden in Pasadena will be home for 21 crape myrtle trees that have formed the living component of the Yoko Ono “Wish Tree for Pasadena” art installation that has been on display at One Colorado since Aug. 2.
More than 80,000 wishes were hung on them since August. On Sunday, a team of volunteers, including Pasadena’s Cyndhia Valle and San Marino’s Courtney Presley, organized by the Armory Center of the Arts “harvested” the wishes. They and others from around the world will be sent to Ono. Later, they will be placed in capsules in the area surrounding Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower off the coast of Reykjavík, Iceland.
The crape myrtle trees will be permanently relocated to Arlington Garden. A formal dedication and ceremony will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Garden.
from Pasadena Star News
Final Week: Yoko Ono’s Wish Trees for Pasadena
Yoko Ono, the creator of the Wish Trees, welcomes people’s wants without wanting to control or guide what those are. The trees, a living art installation now full of thousands of written-down dreams, were arranged thanks to the Armory Center for the Arts and One Colorado; the installation is now starting its final week at One Colorado in Pasadena.
Visitors to the 21 crape myrtle trees, which have been in the Crown City since August 2, are invited to scribble down a hope/want/heart-longing and tie it to a branch. Not surprisingly, many, many desires have been put to paper — over 80,000 to date — making the trees fluttery, even flowery, with bits of purposeful paper. And the wishes truly run the gamut, although love, and variations on love, are a constant theme. Yes to that.
On Sunday afternoon, all the wishes will be collected and sent to Yoko Ono for inclusion in the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island off the shore of mainland Iceland. The trees will remain in Pasadena, where they will be planted at the Arlington Garden.
Now that we think about it, we can have toast pretty much any ol’ time. We’ll be wishing much bigger.
Through November 9
Courtyard of One Colorado, 24 East Union Street, Pasadena
From NBC LA
Yoko Ono Wish Trees to Remain in Arlington Garden
Arlington Garden in Pasadena will be the new home for the 21 crape myrtle trees that have formed an integral component of the Yoko Ono Wish Trees for Pasadena art installation that has been on display at One Colorado since August 2.
Visitors have been writing their wishes on pieces of paper and hanging them on the tree branches at a furious pace since August. To date, trees are covered in more than 80,000 individually written wishes by the general public.
Wishes will be “harvested” by a team of volunteers organized by the Armory Center for the Arts, the collaborator with One Colorado on this art project, Sunday, November 9 from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M.
They will then be sent to Yoko Ono, to be joined with others from around the world. Later, they will be placed in specially constructed capsules in the area surrounding Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island, off the coast of Reykjavik, Iceland.
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 21 crape myrtle trees themselves will then be relocated to Arlington Garden and planted there permanently. A formal dedication and ceremony to welcome the trees to their new home will be held on Saturday, November 15 from 10:00 to 12 noon at Arlington Garden.
“It is our hope that these trees, which have served such a useful purpose as part of this wonderful art installation, can now rest and build new life in this public garden,” says Betty McKenney, co-founder of Arlington Garden with her husband Charles. “We will be dedicating these trees to Yoko Ono, and to the spirit that she has ignited in people all over the world.”
The area that the trees will occupy is intended to become a contemplative place, an environment where people can commune with nature and meditate surrounded by beauty.
Since opening on August 2, Wish Trees for Pasadena itself has evolved into a multifaceted snapshot into people’s hearts, with wishes demonstrating an astounding range of expression. From the whimsical to the sublime, the personal to the global, they tell the story of aspirations, deepest hopes and sometimes humorous observations about the world around us.
Arlington Garden is a demonstration Mediterranean climate garden located at 275 Arlington Drive in Pasadena. Sitting on three acres, Arlington Garden has evolved from an exceptional collaboration among Betty and Charles McKenney, the City of Pasadena, Pasadena Water & Power and numerous individual supporters.
In just three-and-a-half years, the Garden has become home to 2,300 trees and Mediterranean climate plants and uncounted California Poppies and other wildflowers each spring. It has become a popular place to learn about Mediterranean climate gardening and to enjoy a bit of serenity in an ever-urbanized community.
For further information on how to volunteer or to attend the Sunday, November 9 harvesting of the wishes, call the Armory at 626.792.5101 ext. 116.
For further information on how to volunteer or to attend the Sunday, November 9 harvesting of the wishes, please call the Armory at 626.792.5101 ext. 116.
For further information on the dedication ceremony at Arlington Garden, please call District 6 field representative Takako Suzuki at (626)744-4739 or Betty and Charles McKenney at (626) 441-4478.
From Pasadena Now
Yoko Ono’s Pasadena ‘Wish Trees’
From serious to whimsical, thousands of people pen their desires and attach them to Ono’s project.
Early in August, the artist Yoko Ono opened one of her signature projects in Pasadena. The installation, “Wish Trees,” consists of 21 small crape myrtle trees arranged throughout the city’s popular One Colorado mall in the revived Old Town section. Visitors are invited to write a wish and tie it to one of the trees, something Ono recalls doing at Japanese shrines when she was a little girl. Although Ono never reads the messages tied to her “Wish Trees” — “I feel it is not right to read people’s private wishes” — she does keep the hundreds of thousands of white tags, eventually to be stored in the Imagine Peace Tower off the coast of Iceland. Nevertheless, many visitors to the trees have taken to reading the wishes as a form of entertainment or, perhaps, even therapy as the nation rides out one earth-shattering wave of bad news after another. Ono’s trees have exploded into a Rorschach of national angst. Here are some I saw on several visits:
I wish for my brother to get off drugs. He is such a good boy and I love him so much.
I wish for all broken hearts to be mended.
I wish I could fly in the sky.
I wish that Old Town would bring back Hooters.
I wish that all people would just slow down.
I wish I am getting money.
I wish for nothing to happen to Obama because if it does my heart will break.
I wish for the Dodgers to win the championship — go blue!
I wish we never had to grow up.
I wish Chico would come back into my life and that we would have a happy relationship.
I wish I were a fireman.
I wish my kitty will live until I go to college.
I wish I had a hot body.
I wish I had a yucca salad.
I wish my happiness didn’t always revolve around me.
I wish I find a good husband and have a big family and a lot of money.
I wish to have Carmen’s hair.
I wish my mother could forgive my father.
By Greg Critser, Los Angeles Times, November 2, 2008
WISH TREES BY YOKO ONO IN PASADENA!
The other day I was walking around Old Town Pasadena. I turned a corner and was stunned by what I found. A group of little trees covered in tags with wishes written on them. I had read about this art installation but had forgotten all about it.
Here is a little blurb about the installation I found online:
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.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
If you get a chance and are in the area here is a link for more info:
I had the pleasure of writing out a wish of my own. These photos were taken with my iphone. I know my wish is going to come true. But it is stunning to me that all of these wishes will be re-located to a peace tower in Iceland in memory if John Lennon.
We can all use a dose of his vision for peace right about now!
May all of your wishes come true!
Catherine Just Photography – http://catherinejust.blogspot.com/
Thank you for posting the PASADENA Wish trees photo. it’s beautiful. And thank you for putting your wish as well. Altogether, it’s an amazing power of peace. Lot of love, yoko
AUDIO & VIDEO
Instructions for the Wish Tree
Make a Wish on a Tree
Queena Kim interviews Yoko Ono about her Wish Tree Art Installation and visits the installation in Pasadena. The wishes eventually go to Iceland as part of the Imagine Peace Project tribute to John Lennon.
by Tanya Jo Miller & Queena Kim. Produced for KPCC’s Offramp
I WISH by MEISH
There is an art installation going on in Old Town Pasadena right now called Wish Tree for Pasadena, and includes 21 crape myrtle trees, where visitors can write down a wish on a piece of paper and tie it onto a tree. I guess there are other wish trees all over the world right now, and they are all going to be installed in Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island, off the coast of Reykjavik, Iceland. The art is dedicated to the memory of John Lennon. So of course, I wrote down a wish and tied it to a tree. But it was more fun walking around reading everyone’s wishes, and I took some pictures to share.
Here is what the wish trees looked like, complete with some mini steps for people who wanted to tie their wishes to the very tops of the trees. Some of the trees were so laden with wishes that people starting stringing the wishes papers together to create these big loops hanging off the trees. The whole installation looked really neat, and everyone who walked by seemed to enjoy it.
More at Chrysanthemum Tea for the soul by Meish
YOKO ONO: WISH FOR THE WORLD
I believe that as soon as people want peace in the world they can have it.
The only trouble is they are not aware they can get it.
John Lennon, 1969
What a great man that John Lennon. The man who can tag the phrase, “All you need is love.” has a legacy that is still carried out by his wife Yoko Ono. When you think of Yoko and John it is likely you’ll think of world peace, and their desire for it. As stated above, Mr. Lennon believes that visualization of peace is the key to achieving it.
This thought turned into the popular installation pieces by Yoko Ono, entitled the Wish Tree. The installation has been recreated in over 80 cities, most recently in Pasadena, CA. Twenty crape myrtle trees were installed 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.
In just one week, the Wish Tree in Pasadena encountered over 10,000 visitors. Wishes have been added at a rate of over 1200 a day! The installation will be on display and ready for wishes until November 2. Afterwards, the wishes will be removed and shipped to the Imagine Peace Tower, Yoko’s memorial tribute to John Lennon. The trees will be donated to Arlington Garden, a community garden in Pasadena.
Ono recently gave an interview with Pasadena News on her installation project.
“This allows people to articulate their wishes,” she said. “When people wish for peace, they visualize peace, and when written by hand, it is very powerful.”
Ono said she was inspired to create the Wish Trees project from the Japanese practice of tying written positive thoughts onto trees in temple courtyards.
It’s inspiring to see artists using their work to spread positive messages. The Wish Trees are not only visually appealing and promote a valuable message, but they bring together a community (over 10000 and counting in just one week) and spread awareness of art. Talk about a warm fuzzy on a Monday morning. Have a nice week.
YOKO ONO”S WISH TREES DRAW THOUSANDS TO ONE COLORADO
Wish Tree for Pasadena, Yoko Ono’s only West Coast showing of her celebrated Wish Tree installation, attracted more than 10,000 people in its first week in the One Colorado Courtyard.
Attendance far exceeded expectations, with the 21 crape myrtles at the center of this elegant art installation now covered in thousands of wish tags expressing hopes for the future. More wishes are being added at the rate of around 1,200 per day, with 5,000 over the weekend.
Since opening on August 2, Wish Tree for Pasadena has evolved into a multifaceted snapshot into people’s hearts, with wishes demonstrating an astounding range of expression. From the whimsical to the sublime, the personal to the global, they tell they story of aspirations, deepest hopes and sometimes humorous observations about the world around us. From a child-like scrawl hoping to “visit dragonland,” to wanting a new job, to wishing for “a fearless heart for my daughter,” to hoping “for a free panini” or wishing “people wouldn’t lie,” these fluttering tags express the collective hopes of every age and background.
From Pasadena Independent
WISH TREES FOR PASADENA: YOKO INTERVIEW
Yoko Ono’s “Wish Trees for Pasadena” in the One Colorado courtyard now has 21 trees overflowing with knotted tags and scribbled wishes. There are now more than 10,000 wishes hung on the trees, and they’re being added at a pace of about 1,250 a day, breaking all forecasts and sending the organizers scrambling to provide more tags. Pasadena’s wishes will be added to the 700,000 that have already been collected at other Wish Tree installations. Eventually, the wishes will be removed and shipped to the Imagine Peace Tower, her memorial tribute to John Lennon, Ono said. “I’m amazed at how it’s developing and growing and I am very thankful,” Ono said.
Full article and interview here. Slide show here.
PASADENA LOCALS USE WISH TREES FOR DREAMS BIG AND SMALL
World peace is all very well, but what 3-year-old Cabral Corvelo really wants is “To make a water balloon and a pancake.” His wish joined dozens of others carefully written out and tied to the branches of 21 flowering crape myrtles Saturday at the opening of Yoko Ono’s “Wish Tree” installation in Old Pasadena.
The wishes were personal, “For more understanding,” and serious – “An end to the genocide in Darfur” – and easy to grant: “Some bubbles. “Someone even tied on a signed marriage proposal to his “soulmate”:
“I wish to marry Lucy … Love is all there is.
“There was some speculation that he could be planning to casually bring Lucy by and let her find it.”I think that’s very romantic and really cool,” said 11-year-old Niko Lopez from Sierra Madre. “I wished for world peace and no more wars.”
Five-year-old Desi Lopez did his part to promote love and understanding – not least with his older brother.”I wish everyone would say I love you and no one would say I don’t love you,” Desi’s wish read.”I think there’s a twinge of guilt there,” his mom, Monica Lopez, said, laughing. “He once said that to his brother.”
When the Wish Tree installation in the One Colorado courtyard [map] closes on Nov. 9, all the tags from Pasadena will be placed with others from all over the world and buried in special containers at the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island, off the coast of Reykjavik, Iceland [map}.
Ono’s tribute there to her late husband, Beatle John Lennon, is a 30-foot tower lit for two months each year, starting on Oct. 9, Lennon’s birthday, and ending on Dec. 9, the anniversary of his death.
Ono, who had a reputation as an avant-garde artist before she ever met and married Lennon, didn’t come to town for the opening. But Jay Belloli, executive director of the Armory Center for the Arts on Raymond Avenue – who invited Ono to bring her art to Pasadena – said they hope she’ll come to check it out in person.
Ono is there in spirit, said Catherine Cundy of Sierra Madre. “I loved Yoko and John Lennon when I was a kid,” Cundy said. “She’s still promoting world peace, she’s still creating art, and she hasn’t given up on the world. She’s an inspiration.”
Five year-old Portia Brugger places her wish on the tree during the opening of the Yoko Ono “Wish Tree” installation at One Colorado in Pasadena, California.
2 August 2008. Photos by Keith Birmingham.
Slide show here.
View a slide show by members of the public on Flickr here.
Article in Pasadena Weekly here.