The Blue Trees

Denver, Colorado

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The Story

The Denver Theatre District approached NINE dot ARTS to curate a series of arts installations, collectively called Terra Firma, to activate the District, a 16-block area of downtown Denver and private nonprofit funded through a revenue share collected from advertising on static and LED screens throughout the District. NINE dot ARTS selected The Blue Trees by internationally renowned artist Konstantin Dimopolous as the first installation for Terra Firma. The project brings awareness of global deforestation and the importance of trees to people and their environment. Working closely with Denver’s Public Works, Foresty, and The Park People to identify healthy trees to color, Dimopolous and a team of volunteers over a 6-week period colored 150 trees blue with a biologically-safe, water-based, non-permanent colorant that will naturally degrade over 12 months. In addition to the art installation, The Blue Trees encompassed dozens of family-friendly and free events including musical performances, wellness events, and educational lectures. Family Fun Day gave families the opportunity to color 200 saplings that were then planted at Castro Elementary School and throughout the city by the Forestry Service. This large-scale art installation positions the Theatre District as a forward-thinking arts institution dedicated to civic engagement and environmental responsibility.

 

We chose to work with NINE dot ARTS to push the Theatre District out of our comfort zone and radically expand our arts investment. Because of this, The Blue Trees are now synonymous with the Theatre District.” David Ehrlich, Executive Director, Denver Theatre District

Venue:
The Blue Trees

Location:
Denver, Colorado

Art Program Results:
-Community support to color 356 trees with environmentally safe, non-toxic, natural blue pigment
-Activation of over 14 city blocks within the Denver Theatre District
-Winner of the Mayoral Design Awards
-Impetus for Mayoral proclamation of April 24, 2017 as "Blue Art Day"

Art Program Facts:
-3,400 linear feet of Denver Theatre District activated
-200 saplings colored and planted at Castro Elementary and throughout city
-156 trees in Denver Theatre District colored
-12-month long installation
-8 community partners
-6-week long coloring process