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I drove by an art installation in progress here today which sort of stopped me in my tracks and after detouring to take a few photo's, I recalled an article in our local paper about this artist from Australia coming to the Vancouver area participating in the Vancouver Biennale. After a bit of searching I found his name, Konstantin Dimopoulos who will be creating these blue forests in the City of Richmond, Port Moody and West Vancouver.
According to the Vancouver Biennale blog, Dimopoulos hopes that his work will be part of a larger international discussion with the hopes of blue forests in cities worldwide. Each year an area at least the size of Belgium of native forests is cleared from around the planet. So much a part of our daily lives, they are the lungs of the planet and attention must be paid.
"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 has happened. It becomes a magical transformation."People will be happy to know, the colour used on the trees is biologically safe pigmented water. As an ephemeral artwork, the colour will naturally degrade and the trees gradually will revert to their natural state.