The Blued Trees Symphony

The Blued Trees Symphony is a work of biogeographic sculpture. Our goal is to set a legal precedent for climate change policy by copyrighting an artwork that inhabits areas threatened by natural gas pipelines.

In November 2015, Spectra Energy Corporation destroyed the Blued Trees Overture. It had been installed on private property within the corridor for the expansion of the Algonquin Incremental Market Pipeline (AIM).

In the spring of 2016, the entire sum of the Ethelwyn Doolittle Justice and Outreach Fund awarded to the Blued Trees Symphony was invested in creating a legal framework to defend Blued Trees against eminent domain takings by gas pipeline companies.

On September 15, 2016, at the Flomenhaft Gallery, New York City, curated by artist Marcia Annenberg and legendary feminist dealer Eleanor Flomenhaft, an installation of work from the Blued Trees Symphony was introduced, including a map of the original 2015 launch site for the Blued Trees Overture. The trajectory of the AIM pipeline expansion, as shown on the map, is situated just 105 feet from vital structures of the failing Indian Point nuclear facility in Peekskill.


On November 3rd, 2016, at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, at the invitation of Changwoo Ahn, director, EcoScience+Art, the Blued Trees Symphony project's formal and legal strategies to combat gas pipeline corporations that contribute to climate disruption will be presented in a special talk with musical excerpts based on the transposition of painted tree-notes.

On November 11 at The Perspective Gallery at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, curated by Robin Boucher and starting on the United States presidential election day, installation, performance, and talk events will contribute towards establishing standing for the whole symphony. This location has had many Blued Trees installed to contest pipelines. The Coda events will give the local community legal instruments to contest eminent domain takings by natural gas corporations.

The Blued Trees Symphony was presented in a panel titled Home / Not Home: Centering American Studies Where We Are at the American Studies Association (ASA) Conference in Denver, Colorado, November 17—20, 2016.

During 2016—2017 at the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT) Art Gallery, Daejeon, South Korea, curated by Yu Hyun-Ju at the opening of this first art gallery for KRICT, workshops and installations about installing the Blued Trees Symphony demonstrated that it applies throughout the world, including in Korea's Carbon Art Project.

Blued Trees stands with all activists contesting the taking of land, water and vital resources by corporations seeking to install fossil fuel pipelines, at the moment particularly those opposing the AIM Pipeline with the Blued Trees launch site in Peekskill, New York, USA.