I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong.
John Lennon (9 october 1940 - 8 december 1980) musician, artist, activist
the photo above is a detail from the wish tree for washington dc, a wonderful art installation which was a gift from the artist yoko ono. the entire tree is seen on the right.
the tree lives in the hirshhorn museum sculpture garden. the tree was installed in 2007 - at the time it was one of ten wish trees yoko planted around washington. it is the only tree of the ten which remains in washington.
the washington tree is one of many trees that yoko has installed around the world as part of her peace project which is called imagine peace, a tribute to john and a reference to his album and song.
from june through september, the hirshhorn provides pencils and small tags where visitors can write their wishes and hang them on the tree. on a regular basis exhibit staff or volunteers harvest the tags -- the tags are sent to the imagine peace tower in iceland where they become part of a large collection of wishes from all over the world.
it was wondrous to read the wishes that people wrote. there are many wishes for world peace, good health, success, and finding love; but, there were wee wishes too....
in the cold weather months, visitors are encouraged to whisper wishes to the tree -- hanging tags on the trees during cold months would injure the tree.
whispering wishes makes me think of another sculpture in the hirshhorn garden, last conversation piece, by spanish artist juan muñoz which is shown below
john's song watching the wheels was one of the last songs john wrote. it was released just three weeks before his murder on john and yoko's double fantasy album.