SPECIAL TO THE COURIER
JACKSONVILLE – Edward Waters College (EWC) became part of a global discussion on deforestation when it participated in “The Blue Trees” project on Jan. 18 during the MLK Day of Service.
EWC students joined world-renowned artist, Konstantin Dimopoulos to color the tree trunks on campus blue. This project has been hosted in London, Singapore, Vancouver, Seattle and Houston as part of a worldwide conversation about deforestation and its global impact.
“Every minute the planet loses natural forests at the rate of 50 soccer fields per minute. This art installation brings awareness to this global problem,” said Dimopoulos. He colors the trunks with biologically safe, water-based ultramarine mineral pigment. The trees will gradually revert back to their natural state within six months.
EWC partnered with Greenscape of Jacksonville, Inc. and Wells Fargo for the project. Greenscape of Jacksonville is a non-profit organization founded over 40-years ago to enrich Jacksonville through planting, protecting and promoting trees.