Sacramento Going Blue to Show its Green
By Lisa Page
Adding a little bit of “cool” (cool blue that is) to our favorite mid-sized city, a living outdoor art project is in the works this week in downtown Sacramento. “The Blue Trees” project is part of artist Konstantin Dimopoulos’ effort to call attention to global deforestation. Sacramento is the artist’s fifth Blue Trees stop, having installed The Blue Trees in Melbourne (2006), Vancouver (2011), Auckland (2011) and Seattle (2012).
Here in Sacramento, twenty mature trees and forty container trees will be colored bright blue by the artist and Sacramento Tree Foundation volunteers. Painting started yesterday and will continue through Saturday. And in case you were wondering, it’s safe—the blue pigment used on the trees is a non-toxic, environmentally-friendly substance that will stay on the trees for up to six months.
Several local organizations and businesses are supporting the project (Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, Sacramento Tree Foundation and SacTown Magazine, among others) in an effort to call attention to Sacramento’s valuable urban forest and the unique benefits of visiting our city. After all, Sacramento claims to have the highest number of trees per capita than any other city in the world.
Sacramento has SacTown Magazine to thank for The Blue Trees coming to town. In its June/July 2012 issue it challenged, “Why not commission him to bring his ‘Blue Trees’ project to the City of Trees?” And four months later, here it is. Don’t we wish other things in the city would happen as quickly?
GOTG readers are invited to come and check out the trees at a cocktail party TODAY from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Convention Center, which is the site of the main installation of Blue Trees. Be among the first to get a sense of the project’s impact! RSVP here.
Where is Dimopoulos headed next? After Sacramento, Dimopoulos takes his project to Gainesville, Florida later this month and to Houston in 2013. He is currently in discussions to expand the project to New York, Boston, Liverpool and Vienna. Not a bad list of cities for Sacramento to be included with.