Thursday, February 19, 2009


Earth Day in Saint Paul is an annual day of wishing and promising. On April 19 the public art event Wishes for the Sky will gather thousands to Harriet Island Park. Amid a rich soundscape, they will write their wishes on swallow-shaped kites and fly them in solidarity over this parkland on the Mississippi River.

Nearing the river’s edge, they will read poetry and make promises to the earth, melding the tones their voices to sounds of laugher, the gong of percussive instruments, and the ring of chimes hung in a bamboo House to Touch the Wind.

This coming-of-spring tradition has become a model zero-waste event. Saint Paul Parks & Recreation has started using the event as a benchmark to inspire other "green" events. Last year, 2200 attendees made only 12 pounds of trash.

What: A family-friendly, public art event that promotes peace and earth-mindfulness
Who: Open to the public
Cost: FREE
When: Sunday, April 19, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm (rain or shine)
Where: Harriet Island, 75 W Water Street, Saint Paul

Visitors are encouraged to bike, bus or walk to the event. Travel information can be found at

Wishes for the Sky was founded in 2007 by Saint Paul's Public Artist-In-Residence Marcus Young, in collaboration with choreographer Shen Pei, architect Peter Kramer, composer Mary Ellen Childs, and other local artists. The event is presented in partnership with Saint Paul Parks & Recreation, Public Art Saint Paul, and Eureka Recycling with the support of community organizations.

Kites are provided.

Kites are provided. Food and beverages will be sold at the event. Visitors packing their own lunch are asked to "pack it green"

Visit the website at