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Wed March 21, 2012
Seattle trees to be painted blue in enviro campaign
A King County arts organization says 56 trees in Seattle and Kenmore will be painted blue starting April 2 in a temporary art project meant to make people aware of global deforestation.
4Culture says volunteers will paint 16 trees at Seattle's Westlake Park and 40 trees along the Burke-Gillman bike trail. The group calls "The Blue Trees" a "socially driven art action."
The group will use a water-based paint that will dissolve.
"An ephemeral work, [the trees] will gradually revert from the striking ultramarine blue back to their natural state," 4Culture said in a blog post about the project.
Roots of the movement
The instillation is reminiscent of art installations by the artist Konstantin Dimopoulos. On his Website, Dimopoulos says:
The Blue Trees is a social art action. Through colour I am making a personal statement about the spirituality of trees and their importance to our very survival: trees are the lungs of the planet.
Colour is a powerful stimulant, a means of altering perception and defining space and time. The fact that blue is a colour that is not naturally identified with trees suggests to the viewer that something unusual, something out of the ordinary has happened. It becomes a magical transformation.
In nature colour is used both as a defensive mechanism, a means of protection, and as a mechanism to attract. The Blue Trees attempts to waken a similar response from viewers.