Trained as a musician\, Yoko Ono began creating artworks she called “instruction paintings” in 1961. These word-pieces rely on viewers for completion\, either through their imagination or by literally following the directions Ono had written. Wish Tree\, an ongoing project th at has been installed in a variety of contexts\, expands on these early wor ks by soliciting and gathering wishes from those who encounter it. Presente d across continents and decades\, it has become an open creative collaborat ion between Ono and the more than one million people who have shared their dreams.


After each presentation of Wish Tree ends\, all th e wishes are collected\, to be buried—unread—around the Imagine Peace T ower (2007)\, a monumental outdoor light installation in Reyk javík\, Iceland\, created by Ono in memory of her late husband\, John Lenno n. Believing that “all my works are a form of wishing\,” Ono seeks to encou rage others\, through projects such as this one\, to believe in the collect ive power of their hopes for the future\, and to inspire “a sense of solida rity in a world now filled with fear and confusion.”


This Wish Tree is presented in recognition of Yoko Ono's receipt of the Brooklyn Museum's 2012 Women in the Arts Award.

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