My Museum – Tree of Dreams

Fot. Magda Starowieyska/Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

During the Museum Open House (April 20-21, 2013), as the building welcomed its first guests, we invited visitors to share their dreams and expectations on a specially designed Tree of Dreams.

The Museum Tree of Dreams, stemming from the idea of traditional museum guest books, signature walls and trees of dreams, was put together in a special way. A pile of sticks was placed in the Main Hall – neutral, mute pieces of wood that the visitors had an opportunity to animate by attaching pieces of paper bearing their wishes, dreams and suggestions. The sticks were then put up against the Museum’s curvilinear wall in the Main Hall. The uniqueness of this installation was underscored by the relationship between this symbolic gesture of support, the act of personal reflection and the building’s monumental architecture.

The individual thoughts inspired by the first encounter with the Museum, formulated and placed at the Museum wall by visitors, grew into a forest of extremely diverse dreams, visions, expectations, both personal and reaching beyond the personal sphere. We are looking forward to continuing this process of creating a museum that is “mine”, “ours”, individual and collective, with our guests and visitors.

Idea: Ewa Chomicka, Elżbieta Jabłońska
Implementation: Ewa Chomicka, Dagmara Mańka-Wizor