As corporations are leveraging the legal tool of eminent domain to condemn private properties along pipeline routes, as was just recently done to homes along the AIM pipeline in Westchester, the artwork Blued Trees is contesting the justice of that leverage, using the sword of copyright law. Blued Trees, created by eco-artist Aviva Rahmani, consists of trees in the line of destruction on which a blue sine wave is painted. One such tree is one note in the score. One-third mile of these notes constitutes one full measure in the symphony.
A Cease-and-Desist Demand has been served on the Algonquin Gas Transmission LLC. That corporation seeks to condemn the private property in Peekskill, NY, on which the overture for the project was installed on June 21, and copyrighted.
The overture was created on land that has been owned by a small group of families for four generations. That property lies in the path of the Algonquin Incremental Markets pipeline. The pipeline is slated to pass just 105 feet from vital structures at the Indian Point nuclear facility, 30 miles from New York City.
Additional measures and “Greek choruses” have joined the Blued Trees orchestra from 11 other sites internationally since the summer solstice overture launch. This past weekend, a new chorus was added in Oneida County, NY. See photos of that installation here.
The words of Pope Francis, delivered at the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 25, resonate with Rahmani and other Blued Trees participants: “Any harm done to the environment . . . is harm done to humanity.