Yoko Ono Brings Her ‘Wish Tree’ Project to Occupy Wall Street


Following John Lennon’s death, Yoko Ono made the Wish Tree — a concept that has roots in Hindu mythology, and played a significant role in her childhood — part of her arty bag of tricks, and has since brought the interactive project to cities around the world. She even has one installed in the Sculpture Garden at the MoMA and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC. Now, Ono plans to bring a re-imagined version of the artwork to the Occupy Wall Street movement in the form of 10,000 “wish cards” that will be distributed in locations nationwide. (The initial plan was to have a tree in Zuccotti Park, but that’s impossible due to regulations put in place following the November raid.)

“Part of what makes this project good is that it challenges the perceived notions of art just by being a gesture,” Chris Cobb, an Occupy With Art member and an organizer of the Ono project, told Hyperallergic. “It’s not for sale and the cards are not originals, but multiples. We’ve managed to find a work that is in the same vibe as the movement.”

What do you make of Ono’s collaboration with OWS? We feel cynical asking, but can’t help but wonder: How long before we start seeing these cards crop up for sale on Craigslist? [via ANIMAL]