Nope, these aren't real life depictions of Dr. Seuss illustrations, but they're just as surreal. The Blue Trees is a traveling art project by Australia's Konstantin Dimopoulos, who paints trees a striking sapphire blue to raise awareness about the growing problem of global deforestation and its relationship to climate change.
Dimopolous riffs on the ways that plants use vibrant colors as a defence mechanism and as a means of attracting birds and insects. "The Blue Trees attempts to awaken a similar response from viewers," explains the artist. "It's within this context that the blue denotes sacredness, the reverential."
And for those of you wondering about the eco-friendliness of painting trees, you can rest easy. The ultramarine pigment is water-based and biologically safe. Over time the color naturally degrades and the trees return to their natural state.
The Blue Trees project, which has spread through Melbourne, Vancouver and Virginia, hits Seattle this week.