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Are Seattle's Trees Depressed?

Ariel Schwartz reports on an art project turning Seattle's trees an electric shade of blue in an effort to raise awareness of them.

Developed by Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos, the art project which has appeared previously in Vancouver, BC, and Auckland, New Zealand, and known simply as Blue Trees, is "intended to make people more aware of the trees that surround them."

According to Schwartz, "The Blue Trees project aims to get trees, which all too often fade into the background of cities, noticed by everyone. In each city where the project has been installed, Dimopoulous turns clusters of trees an electric blue with a kind of paint that washes away in the rain. The artist says that the paint is not hazardous."

Dimopoulous describes his motivation for the project as such: "Through colour I am making a personal statement about the spirituality of trees and their importance to our very survival: trees are the lungs of the planet."

Residents of Florida, Boston, and London be forewarned, your trees are next on the list for psychedelic alteration.

Full Story: Why Seattle’s Trees Are Turning Electric Blue

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