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From 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. These include:

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.

Other 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 the trees.'"

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.

Ca. 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."

A 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."


From 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 and abroad."


The Imagine Peace events in Washington:

  • Wish Trees for the Tidal Basin at the Jefferson Memorial

  • Wish Trees for Anacostia, THEARC at 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE

  • Wish 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.

  • This line is a part of a very a very large circle available at:
    THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE
    Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW
    Provisions Library, 1611 Connecticut Avenue NW, Floor 2

  • Imagine Peace billboard at the Verizon Center at 7th and G Streets, NW

  • Imagine Peace poster available at:
    THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE
    Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW, Provisions Library, 1611 Connecticut Avenue NW, Floor 2

  • Imagine 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.

More information

Photos of Imagine Peace events in Washington


In Washington. © AP / Kevin Wolf and Reuters / Jason Reed

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