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Jacksonville, Florida in January, 2016
Internationally respected artist Konstantin Demopoulos’s temporary social/environmental art installation, THE BLUE TREES comes to Jacksonville in January as part of the world wide conversation about deforestation and its global impact. This premier event is made possible by grants from The Late Bloomer Garden Club, Wells Fargo, and the 2016 SPARK Grant Program (funded by Florida Blue).
Greenscape of Jacksonville invited Dimopoulos to re-create this project which has been hosted in London, Singapore, Vancouver, Seattle and Houston as well as many other cities. In addition to raising awareness of the importance of a healthy tree canopy, THE BLUE TREES is a community engagement public art installation. With the help of volunteers, Dimopoulos will color the trunks of trees with biologically-safe, water-based ultramarine mineral pigment, bringing attention to our trees and awareness of the vital role they fill in our city. An ephemeral work, the trees gradually revert back to their natural state within a six-month period.
The Artist: Currently residing in Melbourne, Australia, Konstantin Dimopoulos graduated from university in New Zealand with a degree in sociology and continued on to study art in London. Dimopoulos describes himself as a humanist, using his art practice – from studio works to site specific installations to address social and environmental issues. Striving to address global deforestation of old growth forests and raise awareness of urban trees, Dimopoulos provides a visual platform to effect change. “So many universal concerns seem larger than an individual’s power of influence and I want to evoke in people the idea that we can all contribute to change in a positive way.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Root Ball 2019: Derby Evening Under the Oaks
Jacksonville, FL – March 25, 2019 – For the first time in 12 years, Greenscape of Jacksonville has changed the time of year for its annual Root Ball to springtime and will be hosting a Kentucky Derby themed party at Bowing Oaks Plantation for its largest fundraiser of the year..
Held on Saturday, May 4th, 2019, the Root Ball, produced by the Late Bloomers Garden Club, has as its theme “Derby Evening Under the Oaks.”
According to Anna Dooley, executive director of Greenscape, the organization made the change in venue for several reasons. “The Bowing Oaks Plantation may be the most perfect backdrop for promoting our mission of planting, protecting and promoting trees. It is a fantastic venue nestled in a breathtaking tree canopy.”
Tying the event in with the Kentucky Derby has presented many opportunities for a different, fun filled evening. The ladies will vie for who wins the Bodacious Hat Contest (Judges: The Honorable Lori Boyer and WJCT First Coast Connect host, Melissa Ross) and in addition to the traditional mint juleps, Bourbon Tasting will be an activity sure to please the gents. The Firewater Tent Revival will be providing the live music aimed to get everyone in the party mood.
The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails, festive food, music, dancing and a silent auction featuring a variety of original artwork, fine wines, gift-baskets, and a catered yacht cruise on Innisfail, an impeccably restored 1930 Mathis-Trumpy motor yacht that hosted several U.S. presidents. The event is starting a little earlier this year so everyone will be gathered for the Run for the Roses.
About Greenscape and Late Bloomers Garden Club:
In 1975, joined by their desire to improve the Jacksonville landscape, a small group of citizens began the not-for-profit organization Greenscape of Jacksonville, Inc. Currently it is credited with adding over 350,000 trees to our local canopy.
Since 2007, the Late Bloomers Garden Club has partnered with Greenscape of Jacksonville, Inc. to produce the Root Ball, a fundraiser to help raise awareness of the importance of trees in Jacksonville and to assist in the support of Jacksonville’s only tree planting organization.
Acorns – 35 and Under – (per ticket) $75.00 USD
Branches (per ticket) $175.00 USD
Limbs (per ticket) $250.00 USD
Canopy (per ticket) $500.00 USD
Trunks (2 Tickets) $1,000.00 USD
Towering Pine (4 Tickets) $2,500.00 USD
Grand Cypress (6 Tickets) $5,000.00 USD
Majestic Elm (8 Tickets) $10,000.00 USD
Tree of Life (10 Tickets) $20,000.00 USD
So go green and go to the Purchase Tickets link or download the Reservation Form to mail in your reservation and check.
RootBall2019 Press Release(corrected 5/15)