I’m not going to lie to you; I was a little stumped when I first saw the forest of blue trees outside Westlake Center in Seattle. For a city that I love for its environmentally aware and eco-friendly ethos, painting tree trunks blue seemed a little out of place.
It struck me as so jarring that I looked a little further into the story behind the trees. It turns out the blue trees in Seattle are part of a larger project by Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos to raise awareness and start a discussion about the importance of trees and the dangers of global deforestation.
While you sit quietly on a park bench in the shade of Seattle’s blue trees, you can rest easy knowing that the trees have been painted with a temporary and environmentally friendly solution of a vibrant blue rock, azurite, mixed with water.
I bet they look spectacular when the chill of autumn turns the leaves russet and gold.