Blue Trees in London

In our 20th birthday year, we celebrated London’s unique tree heritage, by delivering a programme of tree related, community engagement activities as part of the City of London Festival.  As part of these activities, we had the opportunity to work with international artist, Konstantin Dimopoulos, to create The Blue Trees environmental art installation in the heart of London.

The Blue Trees were at 3 London Locations:

  • Festival Gardens (St Paul’s Cathedral)
  • Devonshire Square
  • Aldermanbury Square

Take a look at some of the photos on our Facebook site.

We had volunteers from Bloomberg, KIA MotorsReve Developments and Devonshire Square Management who kindly dedicated their time to colour the trees blue. We are very grateful for their support.

The colour and the Tree come together to transform and affect each other; the colour changing the Tree into something surreal, something out of this world, speaking of the importance of trees in our urban environment. 

"By colouring the trees blue, we want people to stop and notice these beautiful trees, which are so often taken for granted”, says Sharon Johnson, Chief Executive of Trees for Cities. “It is well reported in the UK that there has been a decline in urban trees over the last decade, and the threat from disease is on the increase.  Over 80% of the population will live in cities by 2050.  We urgently need to protect and plant more trees to help foster a sense of well being and happiness in our cities".

With the Blue Trees, the colour and the Tree become a sculptural work referencing people’s lives, their daily existence and how individually and collectively we shape the world we inhabit.

Konstantin Dimpoulos, Australian artist and creator of the Blue Trees said: “I have always known that art is and always has been an extended part of nature and that art can effect social change.  For that to happen one has to move out of the art institutions and galleries and move outside among nature and human beings in their living spaces”.

A biologically-safe, water-based colourant that has been specifically developed for this project is used in this artwork.  It has been in use since 2005 with no risk to trees, wildlife, humans or waterways.

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