So, I wonder what I would wish for if I were to put a wish on one of Yoko Ono’s sponsored Wish Trees. There are so many things, like world peace, end of hunger, governments that work, prosperity and love for all. Or I can think of wishing for Beatles remasters, cool new remixes like “Love”, maybe I would wish for the release of Carnival Of Light or the long version of Helter Skelter. Or maybe it is some cute girl somewhere, who knows?
So, if you had a Yoko Ono Wish Tree, what would you wish for?
Five year-old Portia Brugger wish on the tree during the opening of the Yoko Ono “Wish Tree” installation at One Colorado in Pasadena. Everyone was invited to write a wish on special labels and tie them to one of 21 crape myrtle tree, the wishes will later be collected and taken to Iceland, to join the wishes of hundreds of other people worldwide in the memorial to Ono’s late husband,Beatle John Lennon on Saturday August 2, 2008, in Pasadena. (Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham)
Here’s what we’ve read:
Yoko Ono wrote:
“Wish Tree for Pasadena
Write your wish.
Tie it on a branch of the tree.
Ask your friends to do the same.
And here’s what else we read:
World peace is all very well, but what 3-year-old Cabral Corvelo really wants is “To make a water balloon and a pancake.”
His wish joined dozens of others carefully written out and tied to the branches of 21 flowering crape myrtles Saturday at the opening of Yoko Ono’s “Wish Tree” installation in Old Pasadena.
The wishes were personal, “For more understanding,” and serious – “An end to the genocide in Darfur” – and easy to grant: “Some bubbles.”
Someone even tied on a signed marriage proposal to his “soulmate”: “I wish to marry Lucy … Love is all there is.”
There was some speculation that he could be planning to casually bring Lucy by and let her find it.
“I think that’s very romantic and really cool,” said 11-year-old Niko Lopez from Sierra Madre. “I wished for world peace and no more wars.”
Five-year-old Desi Lopez did his part to promote love and understanding – not least with his older brother.
“I wish everyone would say I love you and no one would say I don’t love you,” Desi’s wish read.
“I think there’s a twinge of guilt there,” his mom, Monica Lopez, said, laughing. “He once said that to his brother.”
When the Wish Tree installation in the One Colorado courtyard closes on Nov. 9, all the tags from Pasadena will be placed with others from all over the world and buried in special containers at the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island, off the coast of Reykjavik, Iceland.
Ono’s tribute there to her late husband, Beatle John Lennon, is a 30-foot tower lit for two months each year, starting on Oct. 9, Lennon’s birthday, and ending on Dec. 9, the anniversary of his death.
Ono, who had a reputation as an avant-garde artist before she ever met and married Lennon, didn’t come to town for the opening.
But Jay Belloli, executive director of the Armory Center for the Arts on Raymond Avenue – who invited Ono to bring her art to Pasadena – said they hope she’ll come to check it out in person.
Ono is there in spirit, said Catherine Cundy of Sierra Madre.
“I loved Yoko and John Lennon when I was a kid,” Cundy said. “She’s still promoting world peace, she’s still creating art, and she hasn’t given up on the world. She’s an inspiration.”
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