There probably should be a different category of street art or installations / intervnetions for this one, and if there isn’t, there you go, I just invented it: green street art. Basically, it’s very environmentally conscious and with the means of art it tries to draw people’s attention to problems of the modern environment.
The Blue Trees is an installation by Konstantin Dimopulos. Right now it catches the eye of Seattle’s inhabitants – artist painted the trees in Westlake Park with ‘biologically safe pigmented water’ to make a statement about how important trees are to our survival. The color will naturally degrade over a period of months. Dimopoulos previously gave trees the Smurf treatment for the 2011 Vancouver Biennale. Other locations have included Richmond, Virginiaand Melbournein the artist’s home country of Australia. Seattle’s 4Culture organization, which is backing the project, says that it’s meant to “inspire discussion and action around deforestation issues.” “Colour is a powerful stimulant, a means of altering perception and defining space and time,” says Dimopoulos. “The fact that blue is a colour that is not naturally identified with trees suggests to the viewer that something unusual, something out of the ordinary has happened. It becomes a magical transformation. In nature colour is used both as a defensive mechanism, a means of protection, and as a mechanism to attract. The Blue Trees attempts to waken a similar response from viewers. It is within this context that the blue denotes sacredness, something reverential.”