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Volunteer to help with THE BLUE TREES Installation

Work with Australian Artist Konstantin Dimopoulos To Bring The Blue Trees To Westlake Park And The Burke-Gilman Trail

4Culture, the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and Seattle Parks and Recreation proudly present The Blue Trees, a socially-driven art action. Created and conceived by Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos, the project will temporarily and dramatically transform trees in Seattle’s Westlake Park and along the Burke-Gillman Trail in Kenmore beginning April 2. Using water-based, environmentally safe pigment, Dimopoulos will color the trees a striking ultramarine blue, inspiring awareness and discussion about global deforestation. An ephemeral work, the trees gradually revert back to their natural state.

Participate

Volunteers are needed to help make the project a success.  Over the course of eight days, with your help, the artist will transform 16 existing Honey Locust trees at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle and 40 newly planted Jacquemontii Birch trees along the Burke-Gilman Trail near NE Bothell Way and 80th Ave NE in Kenmore, which will enhance the trail and remain as a legacy for the community. Volunteers must register in order to participate.

Tree coloring at Westlake Park, Details will be provided upon registration:

Coloring trees with guidance from the artist, moving drop-cloths, filling buckets with water, washing brushes, etc.

  • Monday, April 2, 2012: 10:30am-4pm, shifts to be assigned
  • Tuesday, April 3, 2012: 10:00am-4pm, shifts to be assigned
  • Wednesday, April 4, 2012: 10:00am-4pm, shifts to be assigned

Tree coloring at Magnuson Park, Directions will be provided upon registration:

Coloring trees with guidance from the artist, moving drop-cloths and trees, filling buckets with water, washing brushes, etc.

  • Thursday, April 5, 2012: 11:30am-4pm, shifts to be assigned
  • Friday, April 6, 2012: 10:30am-3:30pm, shifts to be assigned
  • Saturday, April 7, 2012: 10:30am-4pm, shifts to be assigned

 Tree planting at Burke Gilman Trail, Kenmore, Directions will be provided upon registration: Planting trees with guidance from King County Parks staff and touching up color on the trees with the artist.

  • Monday, April 9, 2012: 9am-4pm, shifts to be assigned
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2012: 9am-4pm, shifts to be assigned

 *Tools and gloves will be provided.  Snacks and refreshments will be served.

Interested in volunteering?  Have Questions?

Volunteers interested in participating at Westlake Park can contact Adele Dimopoulos by email at info@kondimopoulos.com or by telephone at (206) 890-4315.

Volunteers interested in participating in the installation along the Burke-Gilman Trail should contact Laurie Clinton by email at Laurie.Clinton@kingcounty.gov or by telephone at (206) 296-4452.