Aviva Rahmani, ecological artist
Aviva Rahmani, ecological artist

Blued Trees Symphony

The Blued Trees Symphony launched on the Summer Solstice, June 21, 2015, with an overture in Peekskill, New York. It is now installed in many miles of proposed pipeline expansions, and each 1/3 measure of those miles has been copyrighted for protection. Variations of each movement are based on an iterative score created for the overture. All installations are created at the invitation of landowners. The overture was accompanied by an international Greek Chorus at a total of twenty sites internationally. Individual trees were painted and musical variations of the score were performed to echo the theme of connectivity to all life. The score is simultaneously spatial and acoustic and will conclude with a coda, a final movement that recapitulates and resolves previous themes, on the American presidential Election day, November, 2016.

The Peekskill site was chosen because the pipelines would be 105 feet from the infrastructure of the failing Indian Point nuclear facility, 30 miles from New York City. The score corresponds to a pattern that prevents the movement of heavy machinery. The paint for each vertical sine wave is a casein slurry of non-toxic Ultramarine blue and buttermilk that grows moss (based on a Japanese gardening technique).

Blued Trees Facebook Page

Video Links:

Blued Trees Symphony Overture

Virginia Film

Publications:

Denson, Roger. “Earth Day EcoArt Confronts Deforestation, Fracking, Nuclear Hazards In Eastern US Woodlands,” Huffington Post online publication available at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/g-roger-denson/earth-day-ecoart-confront_b_9721354.html April, 21, 2016.

Williams, Wes. “Landowners Put Hope in Art Project to Combat Pipeline,” WVTF.org online publication available at: http://wvtf.org/post/landowners-put-hope-art-project-combat-pipeline#stream/0 April, 19, 2016

Collins, Shay. “Aviva Rahmani’s Blued Trees and the Fight Against Pipelines” The Cornell Daily Sun online publication available at: http://cornellsun.com/2015/12/03/aviva-rahmanis-blued-trees-and-the-fight-against-pipelines/ December 3, 2015.

Rahmani, Aviva. "Blued Trees on the front lines journal excerpts" The Brooklyn Rail online publication available at: November 5th, 2015.

Baumgardner, Julie. “Nine Artists Respond to Climate Change” Artsy online publication available at: September 22, 2015.

Steinhauer, Jillian. "Art to Stop a Pipeline" Hyperallergic online publication available at: September 9, 2015.

Rahmani, Aviva. “Blued Trees” CSPA Quarterly Issue 12, August 3, 2015.

Bogok, Gusti. “Art and Activism: The Blued Trees symphonic movement to put ‘public’ back in ‘public benefit’” readersupportednews.org online publication available at: http://readersupportednews.org//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=32089 August 28, 2015.

Clarity. “’Blued Trees.’ Art to Stop a Pipeline?” Sane Energy Project online publication available at: July 26, 2015.


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