The Blue Trees – Konstantin Dimopoulos
Try to imagine walking along a boulevard. If you see most of the trees in a different color your walking will no longer be just a walk. The Blue Trees by Konstantin Dimopoulos, commissioned by the City of Melbourne in 2005, suggests the theme of global deforestation. The installation was subsequently revived in 14 cities all around the world.
Defined as environmental installation, it’s a work particularly important for the egyptian artist, because it is rooted in his philosophy of the liberal arts. It’s all about a group of trees colored with a dark ultramarine pigment, water-based and totally harmless, transforming the urban landscape in which they are inserted. Something beautiful to the eyes and interesting to the mind. But there is not only aesthetic. Not only blue trees.
The color and the tree come together to transform each other, influencing on the material and on the color: the color changes the natural element into something surreal, something from another world. While the tree, rooted in the ground reflects something lost. And all this talk could lead to highlight environmental problems, as the ecocide of forests, also trying to increase the social consciousness of the people.
Trees are elements largely invisible in our daily lives and the decision to use a color so effective is a mean to alter our perception of the nature. However, this is an ephemeral art work. The metamorphosis lasts about four weeks, then all the trees return to their natural color and everything comes back in a natural rank.
Art for Dimopoulos has always been an extension of nature, from which we can have a social change, emerging from galleries and places affiliated to move among humans in their living spaces.