When You Wish Upon a … Tree?

The Oracle “Wishing Tree” at Yerba Buena Gardens

Wishing%20Tree.jpgIn this season of giving, we’re all trying to make dreams come true. But this isn’t the only time of year when Oracle focuses on turning wishes into reality. We did it during Oracle OpenWorld, too.

Oracle worked with the Yerba Buena Gardens to launch “Learning Days,” a year-long series of environmentally-focused educational activities and events for children. To celebrate the new initiative, we dedicated the Wishing Tree at the Yerba Buena Gardens Children’s Learning Center on Sunday, September 21, the start of Oracle OpenWorld 2008.

The Wishing Tree is a ten-foot-tall sculpture commissioned by Oracle and created by Bay Area artist Paul Lanier. The permanent piece of art, made from recycled steel and non-toxic materials, is a symbolic tree possessing spiritual value. Believers of all ages write their environmental wishes on mylar leaves and then tie them to the sculpture.

The Oracle Wishing Tree was one of many ways we sought to bring awareness to our green initiatives at the show, including our Green Room Sessions and the Green Marketplace at Yerba Buena Gardens. And our ongoing support of “Learning Days” will help show young people how to make environmental choices that will benefit our neighborhoods, cities, and planet.

When you return to San Francisco next year for Oracle OpenWorld 2009, make sure that you take some time to visit the Wishing Tree at the Yerba Buena Gardens Children’s Learning Center on the corner of Howard and Fourth Streets, near the historic Zeum Carousel. While you’re there, make a lofty wish of your own—say, for environmental change, world peace, or a full Unconference session.

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