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Tree conservation is highlighted in this temporary art installation.

The Blue Tree Project Visits Tingley Beach

The Blue Trees Project in Melbourne, Australia. Photo courtesy of Konstantin Dimopoulos.

April 11, 2013

On Friday, the ABQ BioPark Tingley Beach became part of an international art event called the Blue Tree Project. This temporary art installation draws attention to the importance of trees. Tree New Mexico is bringing the Australian artist, Konstantin Dimopoulos, for a celebration of Earth Day and the unsung role of trees in our community.

A cluster of trees is painted blue on the island in the Central Pond, which is the largest pond at Tingley. The Blue Trees will be visible to the public from Tingley Drive and the Tingley Beach Cafe. Visitors are invited to view the trees and enjoy nature just a few minutes from downtown Albuquerque.

"We are pleased to have a part of this project at Tingley Beach," Kathy Lang, curator of Tingley Beach. "The Blue Tree project is an artistic testament to the conservation of urban forestry. This fits well with our celebration of Earth Day at the ABQ BioPark on April 20th."

During the week of Dimopoulos' visit to Albuquerque, he will engage with students from two Albuquerque high schools and community members through lectures and discussions.

As the seventh city in the United States to host The Blue Tree Project, Albuquerque will gain international attention as a part of this electrifying project. Painting took place at two locations:

  • Friday, April 12th at Tingley Beach from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13th at the 4th Street Mall downtown from 9:30 to 5:00 p.m.

The colorant used on the trees has been developed specifically for this project. It is not paint. It is a biologically-safe ultramarine mineral pigment in a water base. The colourant is safe for plants, animals, insects, humans and waterways, and is classified as a non-hazardous substance by the Australian National Occupational Health and Safety Committee.

Incorporated in 1990, Tree New Mexico is recognized locally and nationally for its urban and rural tree planting efforts. Since January 1991, Tree New Mexico and its partners have planted over 1,200,000 trees in New Mexico and on Navajo Land in Arizona. The Blue Tree Project has been made possible through the efforts of Tree New Mexico, the ABQ BioPark, and the Albuquerque Public Art Program. For more information, email biopark@cabq.gov or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000)

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