|Imagine Yoko Ono's Wishing Grove at Fairchild|
The Wishing Grove at Fairchild is the latest in the series of Wishing Tree installations that began in 1996 and have appeared throughout the world as determined by Yoko Ono. When approached by Fairchild trustee Lin Lougheed in the summer of 2010, Ono agreed to sponsor a Wishing Grove at Fairchild. It is located on the north end of the vine pergola.
Visitors will be able to fill out their personalized “wish” messages and then place them in the wishing grove. Periodically volunteers will remove the messages for storage in a clear plastic container in the Visitor Center and eventual storage at the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island, Reykjavik, Iceland.
The Imagine Peace Tower was dedicated on October 9, 2007 on Videy Island, Reykjavik, Iceland. From the base structure it shines a 75KW beam of light thousands of feet into the sky. It involves 15 searchlights and prisms that act as mirrors to reflect the light skyward. Ono chose Iceland for this memorial because 100% of the electricity is provided by clean geothermal energy. The words “IMAGINE PEACE” are inscribed on the base structure in 24 languages. The words refer to Lennon’s hit song “Imagine”. The tower is lit every year on October 9th, the date of Lennon’s birth, to December 8th, the date of his death. Since its 2007 opening, over 700,000 personal messages/wishes have been gathered from her Wishing Tree exhibits around the world and they have been stored for posterity in the structure. One describes this tower as “The best thing she and John had ever done”.
Yoko Ono is a multi-media artist who constantly challenges the traditional boundaries of art. She is known for her groundbreaking conceptual and performance pieces, experimental films and music. In 2009, she was the recipient of the prestigious Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Venice Biennale. Yoko Ono is well known for her peace initiatives, first with her husband John Lennon, Bed-In for Peace and War Is Over! (If You Want It), and more recently, with her Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland and participatory Wish Trees throughout the world. Reflecting on her reputation for being outrageous, Yoko Ono says, “I do have to rely on my own judgment, although to some people my judgment seems a little out of sync. I have my own rhythm and my own timing, and that’s simply how it is.”
Art at Fairchild is generously supported by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Lin Lougheed and Aaron I. Fleischman.