Sunday, September 14, 2008

Wishing for Peace Trees in Pasadena

I picked up a copy of the Pasadena Weekly and Yoko Ono is on the cover. Styling at 70 something years of age. I'm curious but I take my time reading the paper.

Photo by Tom Haller/(c)Yoko Ono
Thursday night I'm in bed and finally get a chance to read the article. Friday afternoon. I'm walking around, I'm not sure what to do with myself. I'm looking for an affordable sushi joint. I turn into the court yard and...

Trees are filled with cards. All kinds of wishes. Some personal, some global and some practical as in "I wish for a hummer, (not the truck)."

We all have our definitions of peace. Hey if giving a hummer to the right guy or girl on the planet will stop war, famine and overall stupidity I'm sure we could recruit volunteers for the cause.

If only it was that simple. We've tried the intellectual approach. Maybe we have to get base level to achieve peace. Just a thought. Not necessarily a good one.

Which is why you can't leave it to me to explain this, so her is Yoko talking about the original inspiration and 2007 installation with a little help from a beloved friend.

For more information about Yoko Ono's Peace Project and the Wish Tree Installations around the worlds you can check out the following:
  • Yoko Ono has a web site where you can get more information and download images and banner of Imagine Peace. If you want to participate but live no where near a wish tree you can send a postcard via snail mail.
  • Laist noticed the trees long before I did.
  • For more photos about the cards you can start with this Flickr search and then experiment to find more.
  • If you are in the mood for a road trip to let's say Iceland, then you might want to look into staying at Videy Island.
Oh, I never did find the Sushi joint. It was just as well. I was filled with the better side of human wishes, hopes and dreams.


  1. What a cool idea. I'd love to see it.

  2. last night I discovered the trees, and today I an across your blog via random drifting. the affordable sushi place is a myth, but there is a sushi place in there amidst them... at the end of the forest of dreams.

    I wished for closer friendships with my co workers... im with them all the time, we might as well be friends.

    i dig the stoop thing. It aint easy pulling it off in PAS... but its just so damn healthy that you gotta try... if you got neighbors to stoop with, then you got it made.