October 2, 2012
A magnificent living outdoor art project, The Blue Trees, will be installed in Sacramento this week, and will last approximately six months. The Blue Trees project is a part of artist Konstantin Dimopoulos' effort to call attention to global deforestation, and is supported by several local organizations and businesses because of its ability to call attention to Sacramento's valuable urban forest and the unique benefits of visiting our city. No public funds are spent on this project.
Twenty mature trees and forty container trees will be colored bright blue by the artist and Sacramento Tree Foundation volunteers. The blue pigment used on the trees is a non-toxic, environmentally-friendly substance that will stay on the trees for up to six months.
Dimopoulos has installed The Blue Trees in Melbourne (2006), Vancouver (2011), Auckland (2011)and Seattle (2012). Sacramento will be the fifth Blue Trees city before the Dimopoulos takes his project to Gainesville, Florida in late October and Houston in 2013. He is currently in discussions to expand the project to New York, Boston, Liverpool and Vienna.
The project work will begin on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 and is expected to be complete by Saturday, October 13, 2012. Work will likely start each day at 8:00 a.m. and end by 6:00 p.m.
Twelve of the trees are located on 13th Street on the same side as the Convention Center. The other eight trees are located on the west side of the street. Forty #15 container trees will also be colored to be showcased around town, before being planted in a site to be determined.
In addition to supporting the artist’s effort to call attention to global deforestation, local sponsors support the Blue Trees project for additional reasons:
- The Sacramento Tree Foundation is pleased that The Blue Trees will generate interest in, and conversation about, trees! The Tree Foundation would like to also help call attention to plight of the city’s iconic elm trees; and to encourage the public to plant and care for trees.
- The Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau is committed to optimizing the Sacramento experience for visitors, and to generating positive news stories for theregion. While many upcoming conferences will experience The Blue Trees, three in particular will have immediate exposure to the installation: American Institute of Architects; California Downtown Association and the National Urban Forest conference.
- The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission is committed to expanding public experiences of visual art by installing artworks in public spaces.
- The Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Sacramento Partnership help promote the project because it is a demonstration of the region’s creativity, enthusiasm and willingness to do something interesting for a good cause. These are important factors in attracting and keeping new businesses and youthful workforces.
- The City of Sacramento, Urban Forest Division supports the project with this message: “If you want to do something about Sacramento losing its signature canopy, then plant a tree! Even better, if you have the space, plant a big tree, like a hybrid DED resistant elm! Join the pledge to add 30,000 trees this year.”
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Find out how you can support the Sacramento Tree Foundation.