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On the Corner of Blue and Tree



One day, not long ago, happily minding my business on the Internet, I saw a photo of blue trees for artist Konstantin Dimopoulos' "afforestation art action."




I didn't think much on it besides wondering how the trees were painted, how long it would last, etc., and then, not a week later, at a certain museum in the town I'm currently staying in,* I saw a painting with blue trees:


Never two without three, as they say in France, a few days later, while wandering down a small side street in search of Christmas cards, we came nose to needle with a blue Christmas tree. And I don't mean a blue spruce. I mean blue tree, like this:
In all its awful 7-foot blue-tinsel glory.  Forgive me if this kind of tree floats your holiday boat. I think it is almost as shudder-worthy as the unholy tree, personally.

This post brought to you by the color...

You only thought I was going to say the B-word.

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*We weren't supposed to be taking pics in the museum, but we didn't notice the sign forbidding it. J offered to erase the images from our card when museum staff brought it to our attention, but they didn't insist. I plan on sharing more about the museum and art there, but I'll do it in a locked post with photos visible only to friends.

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clarentine
Dec. 22nd, 2011 10:00 pm (UTC)
What are those people doing to those poor trees in that painting? There's an entire orchard behind them, so I suppose they could be planting, but I'm afraid the action makes me think they're tearing them all up.
mnfaure
Dec. 22nd, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
*lol* The title of the painting is "Tree Planting," so I'm inclined to think that they aren't deliberately hurting the trees. The painting is part of the Socialist Realism school, I believe, and without sticking my neck out too far, I venture the opinion that it was part of the Communist regime's propaganda to make duties look either fun and edifying or Serious and Worthy.
me_1956
Dec. 23rd, 2011 03:43 am (UTC)
I would guess Edifying and Worthy. I don't think the Communist regime ever did or proposed doing anything on the fun side.
mnfaure
Dec. 25th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
Hehe. Yeah, I knew "fun" was pushing it. :P
me_1956
Dec. 23rd, 2011 03:47 am (UTC)
And you may not like Katie and my tree. When we were in the apartment, just the 2 of us, we decided on a white tree with only pink and purple ornaments. We have added new colors each year, like turqoise and gold. We think its pretty.
It was good to see you and S earlier today. Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy the snow. Hugs to all. Love Robin, Katie and Mommom
mnfaure
Dec. 25th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
Wellllll, let's just say those aren't the colors I'd pick to do a tree in. HOWEVER! I've seen some really pretty "non-traditional" trees in color schemes that aren't my particular thing, but I like them a lot because they are tastefully done. It all depends on how you carry it off. I'm sure that with your artistic bent, your tree is lovely. :D
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