Funded! This project was successfully funded on April 4, 2012.


This public sculpture will unite the 99% by envisioning the future we really need, as each writes their wishes & hopes on the leaves.

The Wishing Tree will serve as the visual center piece and public art project for Occupy Chicago's 'Chicago Spring'. It will stand ten feet tall, have a wood foundation, and papier-mache over wire will expand the foundation to trunk and branches. On April 7 (and various days after that), the people will be encouraged to write their wishes for the future on leaves, which they will attach to the branches. Based off the structure of an olive tree, this project will be a symbol of the peace we all wish for. Branches full of leaves (and wishes of the 99%) will be carried from Chicago's North, West, and South side to Grant Park where the tree will be assembled.

The Wishing Tree will be reused in this manner throughout May, always filling the branches with the wishes of the people, then delivering the leaf-wishes to our Mayor, and his top donors.

UPDATE: Even though we have reached our goal, making 3,000 leaves for all the expected visitors on April 7 is putting us over our budget! Any amount you can give will be of enormous help to our artists. Thank you!


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    Can't be at Chicago Spring yourself to participate? Donate five dollars or more, and we will ask what wish for a better future we can write on a leaf for you! We'll even take a photo and email it to you, so you know that your voice was heard through this project.

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    In addition to writing your wish on a leaf for you and sending you a photo, we will permanently write your name onto the bark of the Wishing Tree. Your name will be seen by others as they attach their leaves/wishes to the branches, and you will be a part of the project forever.

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