Blue

„Blue is darkness made visible.“ - Derek Jarman

Great value has been placed on blue since earliest times, and people have gone to extraordinary lengths to manufacture, capture and possess it. Plants yielded a blue dye called indigo that once held great ceremonial importance and commercial value. The semi-precious stone lapis lazuli was used in ancient Egypt for not only jewelry and ornamentation, but also to make ultramarine the most expensive of all pigments. Blue became associated with holiness, humility, virtue and also wealth. 

The scientific phenomenon of Rayleigh Scattering disperses waves of light as they reach molecules in the atmosphere, creating the blue of the sky and the Color of water. It is the light that gets lost, a blue of absence, longing and desire, the blue on the horizon, which as author Rebecca Solnit describes „is a deeper, dreamier, melancholy blue, that blue at the farthest reaches of the places where you see for miles, the blue of distance.“

What Gives the Morpho Butterfly Its Magnificent Blue? How it’s possible that the Morpho butterfly’s wings appear to be blue, despite their containing no blue pigment at all? The secret: Each of the wing’s scales is a “huge” cell that can bend and reflect light.

Blue land animals are rare; there are no blue land mammals and very few blue birds. Blue is in fact so rare in nature that philogists claim it was the last color to enter human vocabulary because we needed to describe things that are blue. It is nonetheless all-encompassing and omnipresent, yet somehow intangible. 

In China, blue represents immortality, while in Japan indigo blue is often used in art and clothing to symbolize the vast ocean surrounding its islands. In Iran blue is the Color of mourning. In Germany between 1911 and 1914, the Russian emigré artist and Color theorist Vasily Kandinsky and painters Franz Marc and August Macke formed the group „Der Blaue Reiter“ (The Blue Rider), for whom blue symbolized spirituality and eternity.

I like this color, a lot! Blue is the color of elegance, of mystery, of the blue hour - the moment of silence, of seduction between darkness and light, when all the birds are asleep, when the sun is at a certain distance below the horizon.