TEXT INTERVENTIONS > Hopes and Fears

Architecture and drawing students at the University of Maine at Augusta were invited to write their hopes and fears on simple construction ribbons. These ribbons are conventionally used to mark culverts, construction sites and farm fields.

Students installed their inscribed ribbons on two trees facing across a pond on campus.

Originally intended as a month-long installation, the piece was so popular that additional students and staff contributed ribbons to the trees and the piece remained up for six months.

The piece was inspired by Yoko Ono's series of "Wish Trees."

"Hopes and Fears"
Sharpie on construction ribbons installed on trees
2006
"Hopes and Fears"
Sharpie on construction ribbons installed on trees
2006
"Hopes and Fears"
Sharpie on construction ribbons installed on trees
2006
"Hopes and Fears"
Sharpie on construction ribbons installed on trees
2006
"Hopes and Fears"
Sharpie on construction ribbons installed on trees
2006
"Hopes and Fears"
Sharpie on construction ribbons installed on trees
2006
"Hopes and Fears"
Sharpie on construction ribbons installed on trees
2006
"Hopes and Fears"
Sharpie on construction ribbons installed on trees
2006
"Hopes and Fears"
Sharpie on construction ribbons installed on trees
2006
"Hopes and Fears"
Sharpie on construction ribbons installed on trees
2006