Virtual Wishing Tree

Virtual Wishing Tree

'Sacred Waterways Of New York', The Interfaith Centre,
New York City, USA
September– October 2003

As part of the Interfaith Centre’s ‘Sacred Waterways of New York Exhibition’, ‘Virtual Wishing Tree’ was a unique audio composition created by Vince Clarke and Martyn Ware of Illustrious.

Inspired by the ancient Shinto ritual of pinning dreams and hopes to a wishing tree, Illustrious collected wishes from visitors in the gallery who called a special telephone number and were asked to leave their wish ‘after the beep’.

These recordings were transferred into the Illustrious audio system and transformed into a unique composition, with ambient musical accompaniment provided by Clarke and Ware.