I started Wish on Wood as an Art Installation in a local coffee shop, in Bend Oregon USA. I had wanted to make a large art installation that people participated in and hung on the ceiling. The owners of the coffee shop said go a head and we will keep it up for a month maybe two. It has been up for 3 years and people have been making wishes everyday and I keep hanging them up. The wood comes from remnants from a door manufacture. The collection of wishes still amazes me and I want to share these unique pieces of art with people outside my town.
The wishes are amazing and more than I ever thought would happen. I started by asking people to write their wishes on a piece of wood, and now they know from word of mouth and write their wish without me saying anything. The visual way they are done are stunning. This book is a collection of a small sample of the wishes.
When I read the wishes they seem to fall into 3 categories.
1. Wishing for a particular outcome
2. A thought or gesture towards someone or something
3. A request or desire to do an activity.
Some cultures have customs in which people are encouraged to "make a wish", such as blowing out the candles on a birthday cake, seeing a shooting star at night, tossing a coin into a wishing well or fountain or breaking the wishbone of a cooked turkey. Many believe such wishes can only come true if you keep them a secret from other people. Others, on the other hand, believe that wishes come true only if you share them with someone else. This project shares the wishes.