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The Blue Trees

Artist:
Konstantin Dimopoulos
Year: 2015
Type: 
  • Decorative
Medium(s): 
  • Trees
Status: In Place

Description

The Blue Trees was 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.

These two separate installations were created with the assistance of Coast Mountain Academy students and volunteers from Quest University and the local community.”
These two separate installations were created with the assistance of Coast Mountain Academy students and volunteers from Quest University and the local community.

Konstantin Dimopoulos is a conceptual artist and sculptor whose art practice is grounded in his sociological and humanist philosophies. He investigates globally relevant questions related to ecology and the human condition through his socio-environmental interventions and conceptual proposals, which argue for the potential of art as a means of social engagement and change.

Konstantin Dimopoulos was born in Port Said, Egypt to Greek parents and grew up at the mouth of the Suez Canal until the age of eight, when the family moved to Wellington, New Zealand to escape a political upheaval. With this diverse cultural and political history, the artist has created art interventions on issues including emigration, environmental ecocide, homelessness, and genocide.

The Blue Trees, an ongoing environmental art installation about deforestation where the artist uses a vibrant blue to temporarily transform living trees into a surreal environment.

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