Blue Trees Installation Begins May 28
Museum Tree Coloring Open House on June 1
The Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit is preparing for the arrival of the environmental art exhibition, Konstantin Dimopuolos: The Blue Trees, which will be installed between May 28 and May 31, culminating in a community tree coloring event on June 1 from 10:30am – 3:00pm.
The Museum has invited Mr. Dimopoulos, an internationally renowned artist, to color the large trees on the grounds, including a huge sassafras tree in front of the Museum on Route 28, a vibrant shade of blue. The installation is designed to call attention to global warming, part of a mission Mr. Dimopoulos has undertaken as an environmental artist who makes big public statements through his art form.
The Museum has gathered a large contingent of volunteers to assist the artist throughout the week and take part in this once-in-a-lifetime event. Mr. Dimopoulos will color the treetops from a boom lift, while others will color the lower parts of the trees with brushes and rollers. The color is a surprising, beautiful, and intense shade of blue. The colorant used by Mr. Dimopoulos is environmentally friendly and can be washed off with water. The trees can retain their color for up to a year.
In addition to the large trees, and to herald the arrival of Mr. Dimopoulos, a small grove of 65 young trees will be delivered to the Museum grounds. On June 1, all community members are invited to stop by the Museum and color these smaller trees blue and there will be free admission to the Museum during this family friendly open house. The Museum is also hosting an adopt-a-blue-tree initiative to help support the exhibition and these small trees may be purchased after they have been colored. Each will be accompanied by a “certificate of adoption” signed by the artist.
Mr. Dimopoulos has created this environmental artwork at twenty-four locations through the world and the Cahoon Museum of American Art chose this project as part of its on-going community engagement initiative. Mr. Dimopoulos will also work with a group of volunteers to create a satellite tree installation in Woods Hole.
The exhibition is sponsored by Cape Cod Health Care and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. Cape Cod business supporters are Hamilton Tree and Landscape, Country Gardens, Crocker Nurseries, and Coastal Equipment.
As the region’s most innovative art museum, the Cahoon Museum of American Art presents historical and contemporary art exhibitions in the landmark Crocker House in Cotuit, MA. The Museum welcomes visitors of all ages to learn about art and art history, to enjoy fun, family friendly events, to delight in creative programming, and to embrace the enduring story of the important folk artists Ralph and Martha Cahoon. The Museum is committed to its mission to celebrate American art in ways that expand knowledge, enrich the spirit, and engage the heart.
The Museum is located at 4676 Falmouth Road (Route 28), Cotuit, MA 0263. It is open from March 15 – December 22, Tuesday-Saturday from 10AM – 4PM, Sundays from 1PM – 4PM.