the event press release
"Yoko Ono is taking her message of
"Imagine Peace" to where it counts the most -- the streets of the U.S.
capital. As part of "Street
Scenes," a series of D.C. public art interventions organized by Nora
Halpern and Welmoed Laanstra, Ono is gearing up stage a series of interventions.
10 "wish trees" planted throughout
D.C., starting Apr. 1, 2007.
As part of the work, visitors are encouraged
to tie pieces of paper with their wishes to the branches, continuing Ono's longtime
fascination with art that is completed by the audience. Locations for the trees
include the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, where the tree is to remain
as part of the permanent collection, and the Town Hall Education, Arts & Recreation
Campus (THEARC), an arts center for underprivileged kids operated in partnership
with the Corcoran Gallery of Art and located east of the Anacostia river.
wish trees are being planted in the Tidal Basin at
the foot of the Jefferson Memorial. They are scheduled to stay through the ides
of April, coinciding with the capital's "Cherry Blossom Festival," before
being resited at THEARC. The press release adds, somewhat cryptically, that "[a]lso
at the Tidal Basin.... will be instructions to 'whisper a wish into the bark of
A series of Ono-designed free artworks,
including posters stating "Imagine Peace" and ribbons bearing the inscription,
"this line is a part of a very large circle." These items are to
be given away to visitors at the Hirshhorn, THEARC and the Provisions Library.
200,000 "Imagine Peace" posters are being distributed via the Mar. 29
edition of the Washington Post Express as a way of further circulating Ono's
message. "It is the hope of the curators that these posters will end up hanging
in offices and homes throughout the Washington metropolitan area."
large billboard stating "Imagine Peace" is scheduled to be displayed
on the Verizon Center Building, at the intersection of 7 and G, Apr. 1-30, 2007."
the press release: "Ms. Ono's work celebrates the universal longing for peace:
whether it is individual peace of mind, peace for a local community, or a more
global aspiration. By installing components throughout the city, the project seeks
to unite the varying neighborhoods of Washington and their residents and workers
in the desire for progress and understanding--in matters large and small, at home
The Imagine Peace events in Washington:
Trees for the Tidal Basin at the Jefferson Memorial
Trees for Anacostia, THEARC at 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE
Tree for Washington, DC, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at 7th and
Independence Avenue SW, in the sculpture garden: The Wish Tree installation at
the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will become a permanent artwork, gifted
to the museum by the artist.
- Whisper a wish
to the bark of the trees
Japanese Lantern Lawn, west of the Kutz Bridge
at Independence Avenue and 17th Street, SW: Yoko Ono visits the site at the Japanese
Lantern Lawn´where the first cherry blossoms were planted in 1912.
line is a part of a very a very large circle available at:
Mississippi Avenue SE
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th Street and
Independence Avenue SW
Provisions Library, 1611 Connecticut Avenue NW, Floor
- Imagine Peace billboard at the Verizon
Center at 7th and G Streets, NW
Peace poster available at:
THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE
Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW, Provisions
Library, 1611 Connecticut Avenue NW, Floor 2
Peace ad in March 29, 2007 issue of the Washington
Post Express.You can download a
pdf file of this issue, and then search for Yoko Ono for the ad.
of Imagine Peace events in Washington
Washington. © AP / Kevin Wolf and Reuters / Jason Reed