The Blue Trees
An environmental art installation about global deforestation and the importance of trees to people and their environment, will launch on the streets of The Denver Theatre District, coloring the trees lining the streets of downtown Denver, using a biologically-safe, water-based, non-permanent colorant.
What is the Blue Trees?
Konstantin Dimopoulos’ The Blue Trees art installation about global deforestation and the importance of trees to people and their environment launched April 18, coloring the trees lining The Denver Theatre District’s streets using a biologically-safe, water-based, non-permanent colorant. Dimopoulos’ performance work uses trees as the canvas, calling attention to the fleeting quality of nature and raising social consciousness about interactions with the natural world.
Curated by NINE dot ARTS, the installation is the first in a series of installations, collectively called Terra Firma, to be hosted by The Denver Theatre District (DTD) in 2017. For several weeks, Dimopoulos worked his way through the District, coloring nearly 150 trees blue. The colorant will naturally degrade from the trees over a period of months, depending on the type of tree and the local weather.
“Trees talk about art, and the art talks about Trees” – Konstantin Dimopoulos
Is this safe for the trees?
Yes! The colorant was specially developed by Konstantin and is completely safe for the trees. He’s colored over 1,000 trees in 20+ cities over the last decade without harming a single tree. We do not paint the leaves, so the trees can breathe, and the colorant will eventually wash off. Kon selected the trees with the Denver City Forester and Arborist, who support this project, and made sure to get approval from downtown stakeholders. The Denver Department of Environmental Health toxicologist tested the colorant and confirmed there is no concern with any of the ingredients used. Please do not color your own trees with store-bought paint, as only Kon’s custom colorant (not paint!) is safe for trees!
We will keep you updated on all Blue Trees happenings here and on the Denver Theatre District Facebook page.
Have you seen a Blue Trees outside of the District in your neighborhood? The young trees we colored on Family Fun Day in May are currently being planted around Denver in the public right of way and other public spaces. The blue on these trees will last approximately a year before washing off, while these new trees will continue to grow and help our environment! We are so thankful to have worked with the Denver Forestry Department on this project and are excited to see these trees popping up all over town.
Kon is finished coloring the trees! The colorant will last 6-12 months, depending on how much precipitation we get downtown, so you will have plenty of opportunities to view the installation.