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WISHING TREES
2011 Sofia, Bulgaria. Garibaldy Square
Public Art Installation

An installation of pine trees decorated with paper ballswhich people could use to exchange wishes for the New Year. The trees were decorated with the paper balls and passers-by were invited to pick a fortune whilst at the same time leaving a message for someone else. The message was then made into a paper ball and put back on the tree.

This work was an attempt to convey my understanding of what good public art should be. The work was responsive to those who were part of it, establishing a reciprocal dialogue between all participants. For one day only, over two hundred people took part in the work and shared their thoughts with others. I had no control over what was written on the paper used to make the new globes for the trees. The initial messages that I wrote were carefully selected wishes and positive thoughts, but I could not influence what the participants were drawing or writing on the sheets of paper. The result - over two hundred people exchanged thoughts, wishes, drawings, smiles and hopes.
WISHING TREES was a means for me to let go of my own creative urges and give way to new methods through which I can be creative – with others, through the means of Public Art 2.0.

 


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