Scores of Seattle residents are bound to do a double-take next week upon finding that many city trees have traded in their predictable earth-tone hues for a dazzling blue seemingly overnight -- but it won't be caused by some arboreal alien invasion or spontaneous tree mutation. Still, that doesn't mean all is right in the world.
Australia-based artist Konstantin Dimopoulos has made it his mission to raise awareness of the alarming rate in which the world's most vital forest ecosystems are being denuded, and he's set about to spread this cause by making people stop and pause. Armed with buckets of environmentally safe blue coloring, Dimopoulos has traveled to cities throughout the world to paint urban trees as a way of calling attention to the plight of so many of their distant, forest-dwelling counterparts.
"Trees are the lungs of the world. They not only are able to change carbon dioxide into oxygen, but they also store this huge array of species in there. There are thousands of species that live in the forest. They are our history. Without trees, we wouldn't be here," says the artist. "The reality is, as much as people care about trees, especially in the urban environment and don't want us to cut them, the reality is that the forest is dying very quietly."
Beginning April 2, Dimopoulos and a group of volunteers will begin painting trees along two location in Seattle in colaboration with the city's 4Culture organization. Here's the group's description of the project, as reported by The Atlantic Cities:
Color is a powerful stimulant, a means of altering perception and defining space and time. Blue is a color that is not naturally identified with trees and suggests that something unusual, something out of the ordinary is happening. In nature, color is used both as a means of protection and as a mechanism to attract. The Blue Trees is an attempt to elicit a similar response from viewers and inspire conversation and action around deforestation issues.