Final Week: Yoko Ono's Wish Trees for Pasadena

We're all always wishing. Depending on the time of day, we might hope for something small and semi-selfish -- like toast -- or something grander and less self-centered, a wish for the world. Yoko Ono, the creator of the Wish Trees, welcome people's wants without wanting to control or guide what those are. The trees, a living art installation now full of thousands of written-down dreams, were arranged thanks to the Armory Center for the Arts and One Colorado; the installation is now starting its final week at One Colorado in Pasadena.

Visitors to the 21 crape myrtle trees, which have been in the Crown City since August 2, are invited to scribble down a hope/want/heart-longing and tie it to a branch. Not surprisingly, many, many desires have been put to paper -- over 80,000 to date -- making the trees fluttery, even flowery, with bits of purposeful paper. And the wishes truly run the gamut, although love, and variations on love, are a constant theme. Yes to that.

On Sunday afternoon, all the wishes will be collected and sent to Yoko Ono for inclusion in the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island off the shore of mainland Iceland. The trees will remain in Pasadena, where they will be planted at the Arlington Garden.

Now that we think about it, we can have toast pretty much any ol' time. We'll be wishing much bigger.

Through November 9
Courtyard of One Colorado, 24 East Union Street, Pasadena

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