"I realized that forests are the lungs of the world," Konstantin Dimopoulos said in a press release that announced his most recent art installation in Houston, Texas: trees painted blue. Not pink not green, but ultramarine! This is a vibrant color to make the viewer think about a world without trees and deforestation.
The press release pointed to a Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations report three years ago that said 32 million acres of forests were lost due to natural causes or were cleared for other uses between 2000 and 2010. That means 3.2 million acres were lost per year during that time frame.
"Through my work I am striving to address global issues and provide a visual platform to effect change," said Konstantin Dimopoulos. "So many universal concerns seem larger than an individual's power of influence, and I want to evoke in people the idea that we can all contribute to change in a positive way."