An art action group called The Blue Trees, campaigning against deforestation, is a group that travels around the world raising awareness about the cause by painting local trees blue.
Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos is the founder of Blue Trees and 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”.
The idea of the colour blue is to attract attention; blue is not a natural colour and The Blue Trees’ aim is to show that something unnatural is occurring all over the world:
“Trees are largely invisible in our daily lives, and it’s not until it’s too late that we realise how important they are to us both aesthetically and environmentally. Each year an area at least the size of Belgium of native forests is cleared from around the planet.”
The project has already been in Melbourne in 2006, Vancouver in 2011 and is about to make a debut in Seattle this April.
The project looks stunning but the effects won’t last forever. The paint used is a pigment which is biologically safe, water-based and non-hazardous. The colour will naturally degrade and the trees will revert back to their natural colour.
Here are some of The Blue Trees previous successes:
Photography: Clayton Perry Photoworks, Vancouver BC, Canada
David Brown Photography, Richmond BC, Canada
Manfred Kraus, Vancouver Moments, Vancouver BC, Canada
For more information visit www.kondimopoulos.com/blue-trees