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Blue forest raises awareness of urban greenery

Pyrmont’s Pirrama Park has been transformed into a surreal forest of blue trees around Sydney harbour to raise awareness of the human impact on the environment.

Running as part of Art & About Sydney, The Blue Trees by artist Konstantin Dimopoulo is a thought-provoking community art project that aims to draw attention to global deforestation in a highly visual way by turning trees bright blue.

Created for the first time in Sydney by renowned artist Konstantin Dimopoulos, the project will see up to 40 trees painted with an environmentally safe, water-based colourant that will gradually disappear over time.

The Blue Trees, an initiative first launched at Vancouver Biennale in 2009, has become a global public-art hit featuring in more than 14 cities around the world. Konstantin said his inspiration for creating the artwork was to raise social awareness about the role of trees as the lungs of the world.

“Colour is a powerful stimulant, a means of altering perception and defining space and time, and blue is a colour not naturally identified with trees – it suggests that something unusual is happening,” he explains. “In nature, colour is used as a means of protection and a mechanism to attract. The Blue Trees is an attempt to elicit a similar response and inspire conversation and action around deforestation issues.”

See the trees at Pirrama Park, Pirrama Road, Pyrmont, New South Wales, Australia.

Art & About Sydney