The Passage of Wishes is a hanging installation made of thousands of Pakistani wish lockets,
all forming the shape of an Islamic architectural passage. Each locket contains a unique selfless wish handwritten by a child.
In early 2015, the Children’s Museum Of Manhattan (CMOM) approached us for a proposal for their new exhibit: ‘From America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near & Far’. As artists and as parents, we were ecstatic. We decided from the beginning that the work should strive to be interactive and relatable to children and adults equally, while satisfying aesthetic and intellectual sensibilities. We wanted to explore the notions of selflessness and self-awareness with children in the simplest way, by using Pakistani wish lockets and giving them a new function. Now, no longer suspended as lockets, they would form a loose architecture of sorts inspired by Islamic architecture. Hence the idea for the installation was born.The museum shared our love for the installation and we are looking forward to unveiling it in the museum entrance. The length of this installation is 3 years.
In this installation, we take the centuries-old Sub-Continental wish locket and reimagine it in a contemporary and interactive manner. Museum visitors will be offered hand-dyed paper (made by the artists with children), on which they write an entirely selfless and empathetic wish for someone or something they deeply care about. Children can also interact with the installation online by submitting a selfless wish through our Facebook page ‘The Passage of Wishes’.
The wishes, written or printed on a blue paper, are folded and placed inside the lockets, like wings. With about 25,000 lockets hanging from the ceiling, the installation takes the Islamic architectural shape of a passage or entrance. This site-specific installation will hang in the entrance of the museum and can be experienced from both the entrance as well as the mezzanine balcony and walkway.
To bring the installation to life, the walls of the museum will be covered with a reflective mylar or paint, creating an magical experience of reflections and shadows. There will also be calming blue diffused lighting around the installation. The blue represents the skies, with the viewer looking upwards at the ceiling, at the metaphorical heaven where wishes come true. Our goal, much like the exhibit at large, is to have the audience experience a part of Muslim culture in a fun, accessible and memorable way. Our intent is to encourage children to consider thoughts and wishes for others. A chance to step out of themselves and reflect. This installation also exposes universal aspects of Muslim culture that everyone can relate to.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: DONATE &/OR WISH
DONATE TO THE INSTALLATION. This installation of approximately 25,000 lockets is an exercise in precision. The lockets themselves will need to be freight shipped from Pakistan. The team will include an architect, a fabricator, an art installer and some assistants. The cost of creation is $25,000.
Bolo needs your help to turn this installation into a reality. Please donate, even if it's a dollar!
DONATE HERE, directly to cmom:
• Donor recognition on all internal and external exhibition signage.
(Donors of $5,000+ receive recognition and gratitude on a plaque by the installation.)
• Donor recognition in press release to local and national media outlets
• Donor recognition in all web and print advertisements
• Donor recognition on CMOM website and promotional emails to 10,000 readers
• Invitations to the press preview, opening reception, and membership events for the exhibition
• VIP Museum Membership for individuals or Corporate Membership for companies depending on sponsor level
• Tax Deductible