The Blue Trees is an environmental art installation that takes an urban landscape with which you are familiar and changes it for a brief period of time into something surreal, unfamiliar, even uncomfortable. The Blue Trees is part of a wider question that I ask - Can Art Save The World? Maybe not on its own, but it can generate thinking and discussion throughout the global community. I have always known that art is and has always has been an extended part of nature and that art can effect social change.
The Houston Arts Alliance brought The Blue Trees to Houston and Galveston in March 2013 as part of our temporary art program focused on internationally respected artists. In a region of Texas known for its love of trees, the vibrant shade of blue in contrast with the bright green of new leaves garnered even greater awareness of our native trees and the need to prepare for extreme weather conditions that may harm them. By transforming living trees into blue giants, Dimopoulos elevated their role in our lives from everyday landscape to objects of appreciation. The Blue Trees enthralled Houstonians in more ways than we ever expected. Yoga classes, picnics and impromptu photo shoots took place under The Blue Trees. This ephemeral artwork gave us numerous opportunities to engage the community in a meaningful social art action and the memory of The Blue Trees will stay with us for years to come. - Jonathon Glus, CEO, Houston Arts Alliance
The Blue Trees is a community engagement public art installation. With the help of more than 200 volunteers - including the Mayor of Houston - I coloured tree trunks and branches with a biologically-safe colourant. Leaves are not coloured. The Houston Arts Alliance provided the on-ground logistical network, co-ordinated volunteers and liaised with media.
The Blue Trees has gained international recognition. In 2013 it was nominated by the Danish Index Awards as one of 60 ideas that changed the world; and was named by TrendHunter as one of the top 100 activism trends of 2012. I was invited to give a talk at TEDx Sacramento in 2012 www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsFQtYw0wtQ. The Blue Trees launched at The Vancouver Biennale in 2011 and inspired young filmmaker, Miranda Andersen to create a short film about it www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSiNq9LSNWQ
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