Thirty-two potted blue trees have been planted in the neighborhood of Township 9 in Sacramento.
The eye-catching work by artist Konstantin Dimopoulos involves trees painted with a nontoxic substance that adheres to the trees for six months.
On Thursday, the were planted at North Fifth Street between Richards Boulevard and the American River Parkway.
The site is near where a groundbreaking was held last week for a 180-unit affordable housing development at the Township 9 neighborhood.
Dimopoulos, who lives in Australia, has installed similar "Blue Trees" exhibits in Melbourne, Australia; Vancouver, British Columbia; Auckland, New Zealand; and Seattle.
The exhibit calls attention to the danger of deforestation. 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.
"Street trees are the signature trees of a neighborhood," Joe Benassini, the city's urban forest manager, said in a news release.
Editor's note: This story was changed Jan. 25 to correct that the trees were not moved from another location as previously published.
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