UF campus gets more blue than orange

An Australian artist’s arbor environmental project takes root in Gainesville.
Turlington Plaza Blue Trees

Students roam Turlington Plaza, home to some of the blue trees. The non-toxic dye should wash off by May, according to the project’s website. Photo by David Williams (3PR).

Kentucky may have bluegrass and “Blue Moon,” but who would’ve guessed the University of Florida would get attention for having blue trees?

Gators and visitors can admire “Blue Trees,” a campuswide project created by Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos as a statement against deforestation.

Presented by UF Academic Affairs, more than 20 trees outside the Harn Museum of Art, Reitz Union and Turlington Hall were painted blue with a non-toxic dye that should wash off by May.

The project was also done in Seattle, Sacramento, Calif., and Vancouver, Canada, according to WUFT News. With the project, UF celebrates National Arts and Humanities Month and the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Land-Grant Act, a law that set the stage for today’s UF.

The trees were picked by Dimopoulos based on recommendations UF’s advanced residual landscape design class made in February. The class considered tress for their size, location, species, and branch and trunk location and visibility, according to UF News.

Learn more

Find out more about the project at www.ufbluetrees.com.

Recently, UF&Shands launched its own art project for a cause. See how decorating pumpkins helped spread cancer awareness.

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