21 Jun 2015 - 04 Nov 2016
New York, 10001
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Blued Trees is copyrighted site-specific art in the path of natural gas pipelines, designed by Aviva Rahmani at the invitation of activists. It initiates a new legal discourse about public good, and environmental justice for multiple global sites and times.
The Blued Trees symphony, created by Aviva Rahmani, is a permanent, site-specific art installation for habitat in the path of fossil fuel infrastructures that produce climate change. Activists invited an artist to leverage copyright law to protect 700,000 trees that would be felled by the Constitution pipeline in New York State. Rahmani produced the Overture, with Greek Chorus performers at twenty additional international sites, for the Algonquin natural gas pipeline 105 ft. from the Indian Point nuclear plant, 30 miles from New York City. The five-part symphony has expanded to include fifteen sites, each 1/3 mile long, by painting blue sine waves on threatened trees in a designated pattern.
The art is an aerial design and acoustic score. Protecting the artwork challenges the courts to protect the land, the public good and the communities where their infrastructure is located. Rahmani has registered federal copyright for the Overture and is filing for the additional sites. The legal basis for protecting the art challenges the taking of private land for fossil fuel industry profits at the expense of the entire planet. Each installation celebrates life, joy and beauty, where fossil fuel companies plan corridors of death.
Maile Colbert, Aviva Rahmani musical composition
Aviva Rahmani, artist and producer
Earth Guardians, performers
Denise Petrizzo, videographer and film editor
Patrick Reilly, copyright lawyer