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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Blue Trees art project to bring to Westlake Park an awareness of deforestation issues
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
4/2/2012  9:41:00 AM
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Blue Trees art project to bring to Westlake Park an awareness of deforestation issues

WHO:              Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, and 4Culture.

WHAT:            A socially-driven art action by artist Konstantin Dimopoulos that temporarily colors 16 Honey Locust trees a bright ultramarine blue.

WHERE:         Westlake Park, 401 Pine St. in downtown Seattle.

WHEN:            Monday, April 2, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, April 3 and 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The artist and a team of volunteers will begin applying colorant to the trees.
                   (The work may be postponed if there is hard rain.)

WHY:              The intent of the project is to inspire awareness of and action on the issue of global deforestation. Each year the planet loses about 32 million acres of trees that transform carbon dioxide into oxygen, helping sustain life. The colorant is biologically and environmentally safe and water-based, and fades over time with rain.

A second installation will take place along the Burke-Gilman Trail in Kenmore. Young birch trees will be colored at Magnuson Park from April 5-7, then planted along the Trail on April 9 and 10. Information: jordan.howland@4culture.org.

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