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Blue is the colour
In various cities in North America, and on a sculpture trail in New Zealand, trees have turned an eye-searing bright blue. Their trunks and branches are a colour that would never be found in that quantity in nature and that contrasts marvellously with the foliage, whether the green of summer or the yellows and russets of autumn.

The colour makes people look properly at trees for the first time, when too often they may have faded into the background, appreciated for shade or as a place to pin notices about stray cats, but not really thought about. And it is thinking that is the goal of artist Konstantin Dimopoulos, who has created these installations.

Dimopolous says, ‘It is easy to restore the trees we have colored blue back to their natural state. However, without some serious efforts the old species including redwoods, sequoias, kauris, oak, beech and all the classes they support will disappear. They do not have the option of restoration.

‘This social art installation is a global project, carrying a message that needs to be repeated in multiple locations on as many continents as possible.’

We have recently become painfully aware of the state of our trees in the UK. Perhaps we need some blue trees as well to stimulate our thinking?

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