Albuquerque, NM (April 12, 2013) – The Blue Tree Project, an international art event, was installed in Albuquerque April 12-13 through the efforts of Tree New Mexico and event sponsors Wells Fargo, Albuquerque Arts Program, and others. Australian artist, Konstantin Dimopoulos, will also be part of an Earth Day celebration for the unsung role of trees in the community, and a re-launch of Tree New Mexico’s Energy Conservation and Trees Program.
As the seventh city in the U.S. to host The Blue Tree Project, Albuquerque is on the leading edge of this electric and arresting art installation which will draw immeasurable attention to the Duke City.
During the week of Dimopoulos’ visit to Albuquerque, he engaged with students and community members through lectures and discussions. The week culminated in the painting of trees at several sites on the island at Tingley Beach, and the 4th Street Mall. Volunteers worked under the direction of the artist to create the installation. The installation was documented by photographers Kyle Zimmerman Photography and Blue Sky Images.
Suzanne Probart, executive director of Tree New Mexico, recognized the impact that the electric blue trees made in the landscape when she saw photos of the other installations. “I immediately saw the connection between the blue trees and our Energy Conservation and Trees Program. Trees are one of the only natural ways to conserve energy,” Suzanne said. The Energy Conservation and Trees Program provides shade trees to residential homeowners, affordable housing and commercial sites.
It is important to note that the colourant used on the trees has been developed specifically for this project. It is not paint. It is a biologically-safe ultramarine mineral pigment in a water base. The colourant is safe for plants, animals, insects, humans and waterways, and is classified as a non-hazardous substance by the Australian National Occupational Health and Safety Committee.