Produced and released by the Pilar & Joan Miró Foundation in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. June to September 2011
“Wishgarden” or The Importance of the Right Message
By Isabel Castro Jung, produced and released by the Pilar & Joan Miró Foundation in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
A participative performance presented as a game or funfair attraction which exercises our skillfullness and fortune. It emphasizes the difficulty in making the right wish and underlines the importance of randomness in life.This piece is based on the traditional Saint John’s night-time ritual which consists of writing down a wish on paper and then burning it in Saint John´s bonfire, supposedly making the wishes come true through the great transformative power of fire. Time and evolution are important elements in this project. The exchange and sharing of the participant´s experiences are a symbol for the connection between people through enhanced communication.
The sculpture consists of a human size bird cage on wheels with a brazier filled up with soil as a base . The spectator writes their wish or message on a special sheet of paper prepared for the occasion. The participant then crumbles the written sheet, stands at a certain distance from the sculpture and attempts to throw the paper ball into the cage. Over time the sculpture fills with wishes and on the night itself, all of the anonymous wishes are burnt within the sculpture, turning the piece into a huge beacon of light and hope. The spectators are asked to walk or run seven times in circles around the fire to increase the possibility of their wishes being realised. The fire slowly consumes all leaving the wishes and desires as ashes. Seeds are then spread onto the ashes, now with a new lease of life as a fertiliser. The plants that subsequently grow provide ‘answers’ to the wishes and overcome the enforced borders of the cage sculpture, literally swallowing the metal structure.
The evolution of the project is filmed and exhibited, with a life on the internet as well with a permanent livestream. Participants can also follow it on Facebook and Twitter and can eventually comment on their wishes and reveal if they ever came true. The growth process is also recorded with time lapse photography presented as a stop motion video.
Photography by Juan Galván