Blue tree’s have taken over the entrance way of Port Moody’s city hall as part of an international art installation. Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos painted these 16 silhouettes, to bring attention to the plight of trees. To focus our attention on their aesthetic and environmental importance to our society. The tree trunks and underside of limbs were painted using a biologically safe colourant that will wash off over time.
“Every year the globe is deforested of some 800,000 miles of old forests, trees which sustain life on earth. This is one of the reasons why the planet is warming. Trees breathe for the planet and without them life cannot be sustained.
Living in Australia, I see what happens when land is over-farmed and native forests removed. The desert is encroaching and water restrictions are severe.
Trees are largely invisible in our daily lives, and it’s not until it’s too late that we realise how important they are to us both aesthetically and environmentally.
The object of this installation is to generate discussion about trees. My legacy is that at the end of 4-8 weeks the trees are planted out into community spaces. The Blue Trees is not only a significant installation but also an important environmental work that gives clear notice of issues that are arising globally and which will dominate the 21st century.
Colour is a powerful stimulant, a means of altering perception and defining space and time. 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 is happening. 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. The Blue Trees is an ephemeral work, the trees reverting back to their natural state.”
The exhibit started on Wednesday March 23, 2011, in Port Moody. Although this is not the only location you might spot blue trees in the lower mainland this spring. Richmond and West Vancouver are also hosting this Vancouver Biennale art exhibit.
I couldn’t help wonder to myself as I circled theses tree’s looking for the perfect shot, how long the paint would hold up against our famous Vancouver spring rain? So I took my pictures early in this event….. Just in case.
They picked the perfect trees to use in this display. The cherry blossoms are budding up and preparing to bloom. If you are able to get down to Port Moody’s city hall next week, you might just be able to catch the magical moment when those pink blooms appear in stark contrast to the blue limbs. It should be spectacular!
I will most definitely be back to witness the transformation, as the cherry blossoms bloom, and more daffodils peek out their heads.
As a gardener and an artist, these colours speak to me. They are simply inspirational!