Strength in Unity Wishing Tree
In the Year of the Ox, the Oregon Asian Celebration’s “Strength in Unity” wishing tree, is a participatory public art project that is launching this summer at our 36th annual festival on July 31st from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Alton Baker Park, Eugene.
Given the outpouring of community support we have received in response to the recent events of hate crimes and violence against Asians and Asian Americans, the “Strength in Unity” wishing tree is an opportunity for the public to write their hopes, wishes, dreams, or words of support and encouragement on strips of fabric or paper that will be tied to our unity tree this summer. Our vision is to see hundreds of strips swaying with the breeze.
Following the festival, it will travel to other summer events including the Obon & Taiko Drumming festival and the Hiroshima Commemoration, culminating at Visual Arts Week in downtown Eugene later this summer.
If you would like to submit your message of hope, wishes, or words of your choosing, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will inscribe your message on a strip of ribbon or paper, and tie it to our unity tree.
Our project is a collaboration with the 1000 Hopes project at the Eugene Public Library, that began May 1st under the direction of local artist Sara Miura Zolbrod. 1000 Hopes will continue through the month of May in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The 1000 Hopes project encourages people to write or submit messages of hope, prayers, and poems that will be tied to an art installation at the library. Sara’s project was inspired by her time in Japan where the tradition of hanging written messages on a tree is known as “omikuji” in Japanese. To learn more about 1000 Hopes, please visit www.1000Hopes.com
Wishing trees are most common in Asia, however, are practiced throughout the world. If you are interested in learning about the cultural trend of wishing trees, please visit: https://urnabios.com/the-fascinating-cultural-trend-of-wishing-trees