blue treeMaking Waves Could Stop the Pipeline

Canadian artist, Peter von Tiesenhausen, effectively stopped oil corporations from putting a pipeline through his property by covering it with artwork and copyrighting the top six inches of his land as an artwork.  Realizing that mining companies can legitimately lay claim to any land underneath private property to a depth of six inches, van Tiesenhausen contacted a lawyer who drew up an intellectual property/copyright claim that said that if the oil company disturbed the top six inches in any way, it would be a copyright violation.  The copyright can drastically increases the remuneration pipeline companies must pay for ” artistic property disturbance”.

Now, an American eco-artist, Aviva Rahmani, is working with a group of New York State residents to stop the abuse of eminent domaine by creating a copyrighted work of art that can be duplicated along proposed pipelines. This effort is called the Blued Trees Symphony.  Trees slated to be chopped down to install pipelines are marked with a sine wave, a musical note, in non-toxic buttermilk paint. Together, the “notes” form a symphony, which is copyrighted and afforded legal protection under the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA).

The Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (VARA), 17 U.S.C. § 106A is a federal law granting certain rights to artists.  Under VARA, works of art that meet certain criteria cannot be destroyed by moving.  Creation of a Blued Trees Symphony in our area will test the rights of corporations to take land through eminent domaine in the name of “public good” and could impede the proposed Kinder-Morgan NED pipeline.

If you are along the route of the Kinder-Morgan NED pipeline, HELP MAKE WAVES!  The more trees that get painted, the more visible and powerful this artwork will be. Already, others have started painting trees on their property. Any willing landowner may join the Blued Trees Symphony, by painting a sine wave “note” on one tree or more.  At the very least, this will make a very visible public statement.

If you are a property owner on the path of the NED pipeline and would like to participate please contact us. We are scheduled to start our painting next weekend on Sunday, November 1st.  We will need to identify three trees on your property that are large and close together, and that if kept in place, would hinder the heavy machinery of Kinder Morgan!

Steps for participating:

1) Contact Kathy High <highk@rpi.edu>, cell (518) 209-6209,  or Libby Reilly <reillysfarm@aol.com>.

2) We will provide the materials you need and a team of people to paint your trees. We welcome your help.

3) We must document the process and gather the GPS coordinates of all the Blued Trees painted. We will also have photographers who can document if needed.

A photo of your “blued” tree with exact GPS coordinates will be sent to the artist, Aviva Rahmani <ghostnets@ghostnets.com>, who will continue until fall 2016 to gather and map all the Blued Trees.  FERC will be notified of the “Blued Trees”  work of art along the current proposed pipeline path and the need to find an alternate route that does not violate the VARA laws.

Please help us fight corporate greed! Thank you!