Yoko Ono encourages and supports do ut do with one of her Wish Trees, a keystone in the large project set up by the artist in 1981 and presented in various different contexts over the years. Yoko Ono was one of the initial members of Fluxus, a free association of avant garde artists which developed during the early sixties but which was first and foremost one of the most important artistic movements to emerge after the Second World War.
The Wish Trees by the artist have become an integral part of many of her exhibitions, enriching museums and cultural centres all over the world. They represent evolving art: they begin with a central nucleus – the tree is chosen by the artist according to its relationship with the exhibition space – and is covered day by day with the wishes of visitors written on pieces of paper then attached to the tree.
This work of art results in a kind of collective prayer where deeply personal wishes blend with wishes for peace and a better future for mankind.
More than a million wishes have been collected to date through Yoko Ono’s Wish Trees.
The Wish Tree specifically destined by Yoko Ono for do ut do will be on show in various locations at different times during the project: the first wish tied to the tree will be that written by the artist herself.
Like the work by Yoko Ono, do ut do also depends on the generosity and participation of all those who wish to make a contribution towards improving the services of the Hospice Seràgnoli in Bentivoglio (Bologna).