Mississauga's Trees Are About to Turn Blue

Never let anyone tell you that Mississauga isn't home to fabulous permanent and temporary artistic exhibits that compel people to think and lift the city's profile.

Starting on Saturday, Oct 1, residents can check out (and help create) Konstantin Dimopoulos' striking and beautiful Blue Trees exhibit.

The Blue Trees is an international award winning, temporary public art installation that challenges viewers to question global deforestation. For the exhibit, trees are temporarily coated with an electric blue pigment, effectively creating a surreal -- not to mention memorable -- landscape. The water-based pigment is biologically and environmentally safe and will not harm the trees.

Beyond being visually compelling (it's a truly gorgeous installation), it's designed to inspire conversation and social activism. As for how long our trees will remain blue, that will be entirely dependent on the weather.

On Thursday, Sept. 29. Dimopoulos -- a sculptor, environmentalist and performance and installation artist -- will give a talk at the Living Arts Centre in the RBC theatre at 7 p.m. He'll discuss both the Blue Trees project and art's potential to change the world.

On Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2, residents are invited to help Dimopoulos colour the trees for the installation. On Saturday, the trees at Celebration Square will be painted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sunday, the trees near the Simons entrance at Square One will be painted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you want to help out, please remember to wear clothes are appropriate for painting.

For more info, click here.

Cover photo courtesy of Konstantin Dimopoulos’ official website

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