Yoko Ono is recognized as one of the most important artists of the post-war global art world. Her unconventional work, across a range of fields as diverse as fine art, music, performance, and video, have influenced many artists, not least of which was John Lennon. In Towada, Ono exhibits one of her classic works, Wish Tree, a prayer for peace first presented in 1996, and continued in locations around the world ever since. It’s a participatory work, where visitors write their wishes on white strips of paper and then tie them onto a tree. An apple tree was chosen for Towada, both because the apple has long been an important motif for the artist, and because it is a popular product of the Aomori region. The accumulated paper strips are to be delivered once a year to Ms. Ono, and then preserved in Imagine Peace Tower, a wish monument for world peace built in Reykjavik, Iceland. This installation uses the entire courtyard, including the cobblestone river piece Riverbed, and the Bell of Peace installation, with a functioning temple bell donated by the Daikakuji temple. Each of these works are very specific to the Towada area and made more profound in being exhibited together in this manner.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1933. Lives and works in New York.