Help 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.
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 @ 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: 10am-4pm, shifts to be assigned
- Wednesday, April 4, 2012: 10am-4pm, shifts to be assigned
Tree coloring @ Sandpoint 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 @ 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 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 or by telephone at (206) 296-4452.