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Egyptian-born Konstantin Dimopoulos calls himself an “arts activist.” That is, he creates art with a social purpose. Take “The Blue Trees,” which officially launched in the Denver Theatre District (DTD) on April 24. Downtown Denver trees become Dimopoulos’ canvases, drawing the attention of passersby who might otherwise overlook them or take their presence for granted. Through the installation, he reminds us of the necessity of trees in our lives and for the health of our environment, as well as draws attention to the impacts of global deforestation. Denver is the 10th city to host the project.
Throughout April and May, Dimopoulos will work his way around the DTD’s 16 blocks, painting all 150 trees blue. There’s no need to worry about any trees being harmed: The water-based, biologically-safe coloring will naturally fade over the next few months. (“The Blue Trees” is the first in a series of installations, collectively named “Terra Firma,” that DTD, in partnership with Nine Dot Arts—a local art advisory firm—has planned for 2017.)
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Want to have a hand in the project? Dimopoulos invites volunteers—including kids—to help him reach every tree in the area. Sign up to help here. DTD is also planning a variety of events to coincide with the art installation; keep an eye on the calendar for more information.