The Blue Tree Project

Submitted by Freyja Bardell

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Client: Omnitrans sbX Bus Rapid Transit

Location: San Bernadino, CA, United States

Completion date: 2014

Artwork budget: $50,000

Project Team

Glass fabrication

Glasmalerei Peters

Glasmalerei Peters

Overview

The Blue Tree project engages the removal of a tree from the California State University San Bernardino campus. For 8 weeks, the artists and students, hosted a series of art activations at the site that dealt with the tree loss. They attempted to remove the tree from the horizon, by painting it the same color as the sky, limbs were cut and used in art activities, gatherings took place under the remaining shade, all this drew attention to the fate of the tree. The documentation of this time based piece is represented in the glass panels of the station.

Goals

The goals were to engage students and faculty of the university in a representational work, which celebrated the life of a tree and raised awareness to the poor air quality of the area.

Process

Engaged with students and faculty of the Art Dept at CSUSB in the concept and creation of the Blue Tree. Photography of the tree was printed on glass in Paderborn, Germany. The glass panels allow the tree to continue to serve as an air-quality reference.