These bizarre blue trees by Konstantin Dimopoulos may look like they came straight out of Avatar, but they were actually painted using an environmentally-safe water-based pigment as part of an art installation in Canada. Originally displayed at the 2011 Vancouver Biennale, the Blue Trees project was extended by 4Culture and various government departments in Seattle on the Burke-Gillman Trail in Kenmore in Westlake, WA. But why paint the trees blue? Dimopoulos says that in doing so, he asks viewers to question how thoroughly we have destroyed various forests around the world.
Dimopoulos’ use of ultramarine blue (so reminiscent of James Cameron’s Avatar) was probably coincidental, but his desire to create some kind of sacred awareness of our primordial tree species was not. He writes on his website that “The Blue Trees is a social art action. Through color 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.”
Although once-ubiquitous Redwoods, Sequoias, and Oaks that stood proud and tall in forests around the planet are never likely to come back to life, these colored trees will eventually revert to their natural state. In the meantime, Dimopoulous hopes that his work will inspire others to notice what is reverential about the trees that we have so thoughtlessly razed. They are an unusual canvas, but incredibly powerful all the same.
Via This is Colossal