'Blue Trees' project coming to Norcross

This weekend the trees of Thrasher Park are taking on a different hue. Artist Konstantin "Kon" Dimopoulos, along with local volunteers, will be using a special non-toxic pigment to turn the trees bright blue.

Dimopoulos, who has done the project in Melbourne, Vancouver, Seattle, and Sacramento, hopes that the living social art, entitled "The Blue Trees," will raise awareness of the impacts associated with global deforestation.

"Forests are the lungs of the world," said Dimopoulas about the importance of the message.

Norcross, which has been voted "Best Green Government" by Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, is excited to host The "Blue Trees" project. The project is a new way to support the city's focus on the government. Of the project, Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson said, "This project has all the components of what Norcrosss is all about -- art, environmental awareness, community engagement, and doing things a bit 'outside the box.'"

The groups helping Dimopoulos include the Savannah College of Art & Design and Greater Atlanta Chirstian School. Atlanta artist Corrina Sephora Mensoff is creating a "Wish Tree" for visitors to accompany "The Blue Trees" exhibit.

The trees will retain their blue color for about six to seven months before the color naturally fades. During this time, the city of Norcross is hosting side events and activities around the project. The opening is on Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Thrasher Park.