A Wish for Bread

A Wish for Bread

If you could wish for anything, what would it be? Peace, happiness, love. Bread and Doughnuts for the world. Bread and Doughnuts that would bring peace and happiness. A food lovers wish. Or a seven year olds. Would it be your wish?

Yoko Ono asks just that in her art installation, Wish Tree for Pasadena. In the busy shopping center of One Colorado, twenty-one crab myrtle trees sit in planters made of recycled wine barrels, waiting for wishes to grace their branches. Visitors write their wishes on provided paper slips, and the trees are covered in fluttering white wishes.

“A black motorcycle jacket”

“World peace”

“True Love”

“A new puppy”

These are just a few of those hanging on the trees at One Colorado. Yoko Ono will collect all the wishes, combining them with those from other matching installations in Detroit, Washington, DC, Oxford, England, Alicante, Spain,Rio de Janeiro, Jerusalem, Tokyo, Seoul, and Venice. The wishes will be placed in capsules and installed in the space surrounding her Imagine Peace Tower in Reykjavik, Iceland. Created in the memory of John Lennon, the tower is dedicated to peace and inscribed with Imagine Peace in twenty four languages.It is realized in the form of a wishing well from which a strong beam of light shines. The beam is lit for two months during the year, from Lennon’s birthday on October 9th to the anniversary of his death on December 9th.

The installation will be in Pasadena until November 9th, after which the wishes will be collected and the trees will be donated to the community garden, Arlington Garden.

Does Yoko Ono asking the world to wish make the wishes come true? Does writing these wishes down, tying them onto trees, allowing the world to view them, does this help them come true? It’s a very nice thought, and the installation is quite moving. Especially, for a foodie, the wish for bread and doughnuts for the world.

For more information visit  http://www.onecolorado.com/fun_yokoono.php and http://www.imaginepeace.com.

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