31 August 2005

grant boomerang

sacred grove

Sacredgrove - the blue forest is a public art installation by conceptual artist Konstantin Dimopoulos, commissioned by the City of Melbourne and funded by Arts Victoria, Australia.

Sacredgrove is a global afforestation art action using art to highlight trees as sculptural forms, and the need to replenish the world's trees. The artist wishes to acknowledge and thank Arts Victoria for their sponsorship, and the City of Melbourne for their ongoing support for this project.


A Melbourne artist will be asked to repay a $70,000 Victorian Government grant that was to fund a controversial public arts project.

Under the project, 38 elm trees in Yarra Park at East Melbourne were to have been painted blue.

But the Melbourne City Council last night voted against the plan.

The artist's wife and business partner, Adele Dimopoulos, says she was shocked by the decision.

"What surprises us is that in order to achieve the funding, our submission came under rigorous assessment," she said.

"Not just in terms of the artistic integrity of the work, but also in terms of the safety aspects as well and so this is not just a fly by night idea."

from the abc

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