The Vancouver Biennale, a bi-annual public art exhibition that “turns the city into an open-air museum,” is featuring artist Konstantin Dimopoulos’ “The Blue Trees” this year. The installation is a set of trees that have received a rich yet enviromentally-safe “temporary colourant” designed to fade gradually over the course of a few weeks.
Art Market Canada says Dimopoulos’s public installations are meant to highlight the “importance of trees to the planet’s survival.” The artist said: “Through my work I am striving to [...] provide a visual platform to effect change. So many global issues seem larger than an individual’s power of influence and I want to evoke in people the idea that we can all contribute to change in a positive way.”
The painted trees are actually newly planted just for this exhibition, which is a big plus for the city. Residents of the Richmond neighborhood get to keep the set once the blue vanishes. The artist says this is “an afforestation art action set within an urban context.”
Also, volunteers and loaned paint equipment made the installation fairly low-cost and simple.
Also, check out some of the other public art on view in Vancouver.
Image credit: (1) Vancouver Biennale blog, (2) Konstantin Dimopoulos, (3) Vancouver Biennale blog.