Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

wishes for the world.(Arts)

Byline: Wesley Pulkka For the Journal

Art exhibit at the Old San Ysidro Church incorporates whisperings of people's dreams into sculpture

Christine Wallers and Steve Peters have filled the Old San Ysidro Church with moans and whispers in their "The Alchemy of Desire" sculpture and sound installation open today through Sunday.

The whispers were created from recordings made by 32 people reading 300 answers to the question: "What is (are) your deepest wish(es) for the world at this moment?"

Wallers and Peters mailed and e-mailed that question around the world to friends and strangers, and they got back more than 300 replies. A 300-page written text accompanies the exhibition. Responses came from all over America, Asia, Europe and Australia.

"Our idea was to reproduce the experience of prayer and meditation without sectarian bias," Peters said. "We also wanted people to think beyond their personal needs. We got the idea from our own question about this old church. …

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