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The Blue Trees – New Westminster

Konstantin Dimopoulos, Australia

Description

Title: The Blue Trees
Artist: Konstantin Dimopoulos (b. 1954, Egypt)
Medium: 31 trees and blue pigment (environmental performance art)
Dimensions: variable
Locations: two installations in New Westminster, British Columbia:  (1) Westminster Pier Park, located below Front Street, along the Fraser River (11 trees), and (2) the front lawn of New Westminster City Hall at 511 Royal Avenue (20 Bowhall Red Maple trees)

 

The Blue Trees is a Vancouver Biennale initiative launched during the 2009 – 2011 exhibition that has gone on to become an international award-winning public-art installation created in over 14 cities across the world. This art installation brings environmental consciousness and social action together through community participation. Pigmenting trees blue, a colour not naturally associated with trees, temporarily transforms a familiar urban landscape. Trees are largely invisible in our daily lives, and the blue colour is a means of altering perception, a powerful stimulant used to raise social consciousness about the role of trees as the lungs of the world.

 

This environmental art project inspired another artwork, an orchestral piece entitled Biennale Snapshots – A Composition In 5 Movements by Vivian Fung.

 

Awards

The Blue Trees project was selected as a finalist from the 1,022 entries for the Danish Index Design Awards, the largest design award in the world, in 2013.

Konstantin Dimopoulos was the winner of the artist category for the Climate Week Awards: 2014.

The Blue Trees was named as one of the Top 100 Activism Trends of 2012 for ideas that change the world.

 

Press Coverage

Georgia Straight

Vancitybuzz

New Westminster Record

New Westminster Record

The Province

The Record

Art Institute Videos

Students from Art Institute Vancouver made videos to accompany the Blue Trees projects. Watch them all here