“Blued Trees.” Art to Stop a Pipeline?

BT Ohayo 2Many are familiar with the Canadian artist who stopped an oil pipeline from crossing his property by copyrighting the top 6″ of his soil. Now, an American artist has been tapped by a team of advocates hoping to do the same with the Spectra AIM (Algonquin Incremental Market) pipeline. The high-pressure AIM pipeline would transit within one hundred and five feet of the Indian Point nuclear facility.

In February 2015, a group of New York State residents, responding to the abuse of eminent domain that has already been demonstrated by pipeline companies (such as Williams, the builder of the Constitution pipeline), and is threatened by Spectra in the multiple states that AIM would cross, decided to take action. They enlisted eco-artist Aviva Rahmani, who created the Blued Trees Symphony–an installation on private land, along the path of the proposed right-of-way, in Peekskill.

These trees, which were slated to be chopped down, are marked with a sine wave, a musical note, in non-toxic buttermilk paint that is semi-permanent. Together, the “notes” form a symphony, which is copyrighted.

“We need nature – now nature needs us.” – Nancy Vann, property owner

Blued Trees asserts the language of the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA), for the moral rights of the art over condemnation of private land. In Peekskill, pipeline construction would threaten the rights of Blued Trees. The art cannot be destroyed by moving, or otherwise destroying the trees with which it was created, without infringing on VARA. Protecting Blued Trees as a work of art will test corporate eminent domain takings in the name of “public good” in the judicial system. If that copyright suit is successful, it could impede the proposed AIM expansion.
The Summer Solstice Blued Trees launched June 21, 2015 as an overture to a public symphonic opera and a site-specific installation. (The full symphony will be performed on September 23, 2015.) Approximately twenty trees were painted along the AIM corridor over the course of two days for the launch. More than two dozen participants included local children and elderly residents, and others who joined from as far away as Switzerland, as well as members of the Earth Guardians. After the painting, participants performed a chorale as they passed through the woodland. When the human performers left, the installation remained with the trees as a permanent work of art. A Greek Chorus – launched in simultaneous international locations, including Lisbon, Portugal and Seattle, Washington – included works by composer Maile Colbert, Deanna Pindell and Jesse Etelson.

The Summer Solstice Blued Trees launched June 21, 2015 as an overture to a public symphonic opera and a site-specific installation. (The full symphony will be performed on September 23, 2015.) Approximately twenty trees were painted along the AIM corridor over the course of two days for the launch. More than two dozen participants included local children and elderly residents, and others who joined from as far away as Switzerland, as well as members of the Earth Guardians. After the painting, participants performed a chorale as they passed through the woodland. When the human performers left, the installation remained with the trees as a permanent work of art. A Greek Chorus – launched in simultaneous international locations, including Lisbon, Portugal and Seattle, Washington – included works by composer Maile Colbert, Deanna Pindell and Jesse Etelson.

Would you like to participate in Blued Trees?

trees aidenHELP MAKE WAVES: The more trees that get painted, the more visible and powerful this artwork will be. Already, others have started painting trees on their property. Any willing landowner may join the “Greek Chorus,” as part of the Blued Trees Symphony, by painting a wave “note” on one tree or more, preferably roadside for visibility. You may be along the route of the AIM pipeline, or another pipeline. How beautiful will it be to see these trees popping up all over the Northeast, and how will the public respond when they learn what these mysterious painted trees symbolize?

Instructions for mixing the buttermilk slurry and painting your own Blued Trees can be found here.

Send a photo of your “blued” tree with GPS coordinates to Rahmani, who will continue — throughout 2015 — to gather and map all the Blued Trees. Contact: Aviva Rahmani 207 863 0925  or ghostnets@ghostnets.com or aar.artist@gmail.com
Photos by Linda Leeds, Erik McGregor and Susan Rutman
 
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