The Wishing Tree
Ketta Ioannidou The Wishing Tree Installation view, FIGMENT NYC,
The Wishing Tree
2011
Installation view, FIGMENT NYC,
Governor's Island, New York

On the Mediterranean island of Cyprus where I grew up, a large tree outside of the Saint Solomoni Church and catacomb is known as the Wishing Tree. Many people believe it has magical curing powers. Based on this tradition, I transformed a tree on Governor's Island during Figment NYC into a Wishing Tree. Visitors wrote their wishes on recycled square pieces of multicolor cloths that were then tied to the tree to create hanging links of desires. The Wishing Tree gave visitors a time for contemplation and represents a symbolic step to create the change we want in our lives and the world.

Ketta Ioannidou The Wishing Tree Installation detail, FIGMENT NYC,
The Wishing Tree
2011
Installation detail, FIGMENT NYC,
Governor's Island, New York
Ketta Ioannidou The Wishing Tree Installation detail, FIGMENT NYC,
The Wishing Tree
2011
Installation detail, FIGMENT NYC,
Governor's Island, New York
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