Drawing from the Japanese traditions of tying wish notes to a tree for others to read and ‘re-wish’. The digital wishing tree lives both as a web-app and onsite and thrives on a user-generated content by the global City of Hope community. Each wish animates as an origami paper leaf that unfolds to reveal its content.


The design process followed a requirement to introduce a User-generated content community component into the site-specific experience seamlessly.

Starting from the on-campus (real) wishing tree as a visual metaphor I mapped a bidirectional flow that guides both museum visitors as well as website users to the web-app to interact with the tree.

The other guiding principle was to retain the organic visual and motion design of the exploration wall sculpture.

The UX process initiated with a research of the current City of Hope website, social media properties, and their target users.


Interaction-design, visual design, and creative-coding had to work in tandem and required an agile process structured around cycles of all three disciplines in tandem.

The Wishing Tree is a live web 3D visualization of user-generated messages posted through social media and a dedicated microsite. Each wish animates as an origami paper leaf that unfolds to reveal its content.

The application runs simultaneously as a mobile web-app and as a sculptural projection mapping on the physical exhibit.

Send a wish via mobile web-app

Year: 2017

Planning & Exhibition Design:  Gallagher & Associates

Software Developer: Stimulant