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Houston Blue Trees Return. Plagiarized by Parks and Rec.

Those who remember the “Painted Trees” installation that the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) commissioned from artist Konstantin Dimopoulos five years ago at Waugh and Memorial were surprised to see its recent return.

According to numerous Facebook posts, the new colored trees (blue and green) had nothing to do with HAA or Dimopoulos; this was the work of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. When several local artists called out the plagiaristic nature of the new project, Dimopoulos’ wife replied:

It’s Adele Dimopoulos here, Kon’s wife and business manager. We most certainly do know about the blue trees being copied by city Parks and we are in the process of addressing this through various channels.

We are aware that there is a much bigger issue of copyright and IP for all artists at stake here. So sit tight and let’s see what shakes down.

Below is a video about the original installation.

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6 Responses

  1. Bill Davenport

    So now we can’t paint trees anymore? What about Lee Littlefield? The thing about what we used to call “easy ideas” back in art school is that everyone’s had them before, many times. Doesn’t mean they’re bad ideas, just commonplace.

    1. Stäcy Smith

      I agree, I think it’s nice to have a splash of color given that 75% of the year the crepe Mertles are not blooming and look like tracks of giant antlers… provided that the paint being used doesn’t actually hurt or stunt the growth of the tree…

  2. Laura Scavone

    Dimopoulos coordinated with Parks and Rec in that he used the trees they planted and cared for in his piece. I am discouraged by the view that an artist OWNS an idea, regardless of what came before him/her and who may have contributed to its creation and success.

  3. I was channeling the ghost of Yves Klein yesterday and he suggested we stop treating those beautiful crepe myrtles like decorations at a tacky putt-putt golf course. Also why any organization, HAA or the Parks Dept., would lure selfie seekers across roads without parking or pedestrian crossings boggles the mind. Leave the trees alone and leave our eyes alone.

  4. Sallie

    My office faces the trees and make me happy when I look out the window. I enjoyed the first iteration by Konstantin Dimopoulos and am delighted that the parks dept. has continued the idea.

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