The interactive illustration usually allows viewers to write their wishes for the future of humanity on small pieces of paper and hang them from tree branches planted by the Japanese artist in locations around the world.
In 2007, Ono donated a dogwood, titled Wish tree for Washington, DC, at the Hirshhorn, and it “blooms” every summer with the wishes of museum visitors. (The rest of the year, Ono asks you to whisper your wish to the tree.)
This year, art lovers are invited to share photographs of their handwritten wishes with the museum via Instagram under the hashtags #WishTreeDC and #YokoOno. Hirshhorn staff will then transfer as many wishes as possible onto paper tags, sharing photos of the facility on social media as it grows.
As always, the wishes will be collected at the end of the season, and buried on Videy Island in Iceland, at the foot of the Ono facility. Imagine the peace tower, a memorial dedicated to her late husband, John Lennon.
“We are honored to partner with Yoko Ono to share his timeless message of peace,” Hirshhorn manager Melissa Chiu said in a statement. “Last year challenged the Hirshhorn to translate the power of works of art, including Wish tree for Washington, DC for online audiences…. We will continue to invite global audiences to connect through modern art in meaningful ways until we can be together again in person. “
The museum also created instructions for make yours Wish tree at home. To date, the Hirshhorn has collected more than 100,000 wishes for the project, which has gathered more than a million participants around the world.
See some of the wishes submitted for this year Wish tree at the Hirshhorn below.
“Yoko Ono: Wish Tree for Washington, DC” will be presented virtually and in person at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Ave SW &, 7th St SW, in Washington, DC, April 15-31, 2021.
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