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    After the rain – the wishes are collected from our Wish Tree!

Following the success of The Light Garden in Centennial Park, and in particular the brilliant response to the Wish Tree by visitors, the cold light of day dawned upon us the ‘morning after’…how to collect the almost 7,900 wishes?

The logistics were a challenge, but made an even greater challenge when the skies opened up and hammered Sydney for three straight days with 170mm of rain!

Here’s what happened…

 

The Wish Tree in daylight, weighed down with the hopes and dreams of thousands!

The Wish Tree in daylight, weighed down with the hopes and dreams of thousands!

The heavy rain and high winds did their best at making a dent in our wishes...

The heavy rain and high winds did their best at making a dent in our wishes…

...however the Parklands' staff donned some rain gear and headed out to brave the elements!

…however the Parklands’ staff donned some rain gear and headed out to brave the elements!

The Wish Harvesting was performed at quite a pace...from the trees and from the ground...

The Wish Harvesting was performed at quite a pace…from the trees and from the ground…

We delicately laid many of the wishes out on the floor of the Superintendants Residence to dry...

We delicately laid many of the wishes out on the floor of the Superintendants Residence to dry…

...and boxed up those many thousands who had beaten the weather battering and remained intact!

…and boxed up those many thousands who had beaten the weather battering and remained intact!

 

Operation Wish Rescue was a success!

So, what’s next for the wishes?

We’ll be documenting each of the wishes over coming weeks for two purposes:

  1. to develop a creative way of making them available for us all to enjoy
  2. to capture those relevant wishes that will form one of the first stages of our upcoming Centennial Park Master Plan

Due to the magnificent response by you to our Wish Tree, this may take some time, so please forgive us as we wade in up to our armpits in wishes!

- posted by Craig Easdown

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The Centennial Park Master Plan is an important project that we have coming up in 2013 – the 125th Anniversary year of Centennial Park. We want you to be involved in helping to shape the future of this wonderful park. Make sure you’re signed up to receive our eNewsletter so you’ll hear when work will begin on this.

 

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