The main issue of
the Holland Garden in Xi’an Expo 2011 is sustainability.
The garden had been already designed by Alliance-NL
They see the garden as the reflection of the Ecocity;
whereby, buildings, roads, green zones and above all,
people in harmony with nature, go integrally together.
To follow the design of the garden, the Wish Tree
is designed to be a product in the garden. It brings
another sustainability teaching to the visitors.
The Wish Tree is a concept of combining a Chinese
custom, people hang paper with written down wishes
on wish trees to pray for good luck, with the sustainability
issues. People use lot of paper in everyday life,
in the exposition is no exception. Thus the Bio-Ticket
is designed. It is printed on seed paper, which contains
grass seeds inside. We get a lot from the nature,
and seed paper is a way to repay to the nature. Visitors
can write down their wishes on the tickets, then,
hang it on the Wish Tree. After free days, the grass
seeds sprout. The Wish Tree flourishes by these Bio-Tickets.
After that, some of the tickets fall down to the ground,
and the grass propagate. Finally, the cycle turns
back to the nature again.
The Wish Tree is a two meters high metal-made trunk.
It is composed of four directions of flat branches.
Each direction is with an angle of 90 degrees, which
is designed for people easy to hang the bio-tickets
on the tree at the internal and higher place. The
shape of the body is derived from Populus alba, a
main trunk with up-going branches, which can been
seen easy in Holland. For environment friendly issue,
the material of the tree is recycled aluminum and
is painted by wood-look environmental protection paint.
A row of Wish Trees is planting along the pedestrian
path next to the lake. It is the best place for people
to interact with the Wish Tree. Since thousands of
visitors will visit the exposition, visitor will not
get stuck in the fluent space just because some people
stop to hang the ticket on the trees. More, the air
near the water is moister, which is benefit for seed
in the ticket to sprout. The cycle will keep turning