Wishing wells are among the most common lawn ornaments in my corner of the world. So ubiquitous are their squat bases below small pitched roofs with a bucket sometimes hanging from a strut, that I barely noticed them until I started purposefully looking.
I’ve encountered wishing wells in urban, suburban and rural settings. They’re beside single and multifamily homes, on small lots and accenting spacious, well landscaped grounds. Typically on residential property, they’re also found outside restaurants and other commercial establishments. Made of wood, stone, or plastic, some have unique designs and are built in place. Most are prefab and retailed alongside fences, picnic tables, and small sheds. For what, I wonder, are people wishing?