You can send your wishes to the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER from this page.
If you have not had the chance to hang your wishes on the Wish Trees,
you can now send your wishes directly by email to
wish [at] imaginepeace.com
using postcards, or
simply writing a note to:
IMAGINE PEACE TOWER, PO Box 1009, 121 Reykjavík, Iceland.
Make a wish.
Write it down on a piece of paper.
Fold it and tie it around a branch of a wish tree.
Ask your friends to do the same.
Until the branches are covered with wishes.
Yoko Ono, 2007
As a child in Japan, I used to go to a temple and write out a wish on a piece of thin paper and tie it around the branch of a tree. Trees in temple courtyards were always filled with people's wish knots, which looked like white flowers blossoming from afar.
All My Works Are A Form Of Wishing
Q: And when did the "Wish Tree" happen for the first time?
YO: I don't remember exactly when. It's after 1981, after John, my husband's passing.
Q: Every city could have a "Wish Tree!"
YO: When they did it in Finland they said one tree was not enough. Because the wish was becoming much larger than one tree. They added so many trees it became like a mini-forest. You suddenly see very strong emotions of people coming out. It is fantastic. I'm keeping all the wishes from all the countries, although I never read any of them. I feel it's not right to read people's private wishes.
Q: It's a growing archive?
YO: It's not an archive. I'll tell you what's going to happen: every piece of paper has a wish on it, I don't read it, and all of them will be put in one big tower of a sculpture, like a totem. It will be a very powerful sculpture... a tower which contains wishes of the people of the world of our time. All in one tower!
Q: In terms of the energy!
YO:Yes. People's wishes! So that's why I'm keeping them.
Interview with Yoko Ono, 1996
I have saved all the wishes people made and hung on my work, called 'Wish Tree' in many different countries.
The number of those wishes I collected and kept has now reached over a million, and they will all be buried in capsules around this light tower on the Isle of Videy.
I hope IMAGINE PEACE TOWER will give light to the strong wishes of World Peace from all corners of the planet and give encouragement, inspiration and a sense of solidarity in a world now filled with fear and confusion. Let us come together to realize a peaceful world.
I consider myself very fortunate to see the dream my husband and I dreamt together become reality.