Twenty mature trees on the sidewalks of downtown Sacramento will be painted eye-catching blue as part of an art project.
The stunning work by artist Konstantin Dimopoulos will be located on 13th Street near the Convention Center. The trees will be painted with a non-toxic substance that should adhere to the trees for six months.
Dimopoulos, who resides in Australia, has also installed similar Blue Trees exhibits in Melbourne, Vancouver, Auckland and Seattle. The exhibit calls attention to the danger of deforestation.
Prompted by an article in Sactown Magazine, local groups raised money to bring Blue Trees to Sacramento. No public funds will be used in the making of the project.
One of the sponsors, the Sacramento Tree Foundation, supports the project as another way to draw attention to the plight of the city's aging downtown elm population.
The coloration of the trees on 13th Street between J and L streets starts today. The work is expected to be completed by Saturday.
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