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Tree of Life at the Cincinnati Art Museum

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- Most people have hopes, dreams or a resolution for the new year. It's one thing to think about it, writing it down makes it real. Thousands of Greater Cincinnatians did that at the Art Museum this year. The wishes or intentions helped bring a dead tree to life. Local 12's Deborah Dixon tells us the Art Museum did its part to help those wishes come true.

About two thousand Art Museum guests scrawled their intentions or wishes for the new year on colorful paper. They shimmered inside glass vials that hung on the living tree in the Art Museum. It was a dead crab apple tree artist Matt Kotlarczyk covered in white rubber substance. Turning it into a piece of art, turning it into a living tree. "There is a tradition in almost every culture of the tree of life, which is what a Christmas tree also is."

Living trees symbolize life. The messages left by visitors symbolize hopes, dreams, and intentions for the new year, such as the a child who wants a dog or is hoping for a baby brother. For another child the new year brings the hope of getting 100 percent in classes. A mother writes of  wanting to see more of her daughter.  A daughter hopes to make her parents proud. 

"In many cultures wishes let go of them don't keep them bottled up by letting them to go free go might go way  up and be heard"

Sherry Bottom came to the museum this New Year's day to watch her intentions be released with balloons.
"I filled out a couple of messages, I hope to send them to God or the universe for myself and family with the hope something positive comes from it"
With or without balloons or intentions written on colorful paper, the thing about a new year is
there is always a thing called hope

The Art Museum hopes to make the living tree a holiday tradition.




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