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Colors is a silent language
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Kaleen Povis

on 21 November 2013

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Welcome to Joseph Meadow
Pollinator Vision
Where will the bee land?

Most likely on a flower that is violet, blue, or yellow, as these are the colors it sees best. Some flowers even paint their petals with ultraviolet dots and dashes to say “Pick me, bee!” These marks are invisible to human eyes, but they are easy for bees to read.
Try on these goggles to see this meadow like a hummingbird, a butterfly, a beetle, or a bee does.
At our Lego Mondrian station, you will recreate your own version of a Mondrian painting using Legos.
Color this map of the continental U.S. using the four paint buckets on the screen. Your challenge is to paint all of the states such that states that share a side are never the same color. Touch the paint bucket you want to use, then touch a state and the paint will pour in.
Paint by number
Color is a Silent Language

From sunrise to sunset our world is defined in color. As humans, we use colors to tell stories, give warning, and share meaning. Can you picture your world without color?

Color is a silent language that humans and nature use to communicate. Color helps us make choices and express ourselves.
Come see what color has to say and what you say with color.
Stop for the school bus

In 1939 yellow became the national color of school buses. A yellow school bus with black writing is easy to read in morning light.
How did we choo-choo-choose red for go and green for stop?

Train engineers invented the traffic color system we use today. They used red for stop becuase red is the color of blood and feels dangerous. They used white to mean "all clear," or okay to go.

Like good scientists they tested the colors. Red worked well. White did not! Through trial-and-error they decided green was best for go.
If red and green looked the same you would not know when to stop and go

People who are red-green color blind see red and green as the same color. This could be a problem on the road. The two traffic lights you see here are not the same. What is different about their colors.
Orange and blue come to the rescue

One traffic light uses red, yellow, and green to tell us to stop, slow, and go. The other traffic light uses red-orange, yellow, and green-blue. Mixing in orange and blue makes it possible for color blind people to see 'stop' and 'go.'
Look, we've colored in the lines!

We use color to organize our surroundings and help us navigate. In Washington D.C. you take color-coded Metro lines from place to place. What is wrong with these three Metro maps?
Color is a powerful but silent language

The clothes you wear, the pictures you paint, and the flush in your cheeks all converse in the silent language of color.
Fill your shopping cart with color

Take a shopping list with you around the store and try to find all of the items.
You will quickly see this is an unusual grocery store. The food is sorted by color!
Color tells us ripe from wrong

Brightly colored foods fill the aisles, but would you fill your belly with a brown banana or green bread? Look for "Food's Coloring" signs to discover colorful facts about the foods we eat... and won't eat.
Is this a fruit salad or a crayon box?

Banana. Tangerine. Peach. Watermelson. Orange. Are those crayon colors or ingredients for a fruit salad?
All of the food words below also describe a color.

Would you rather eat it or color with it?

Salmon
Asparagus
Almond
Strawberry
Cottom Candy
Why are bananas green?
Plants are green becuase they contain the chemical chlorophyll. Chlorophyll helps plants use sunlight to grow. As bananas ripen chlorophyll breaks down and the bananas turn yellow.
There are red bananas!
Yes, it is true. Red bananas are usually smaller and plumper than yellow bananas. Some people say they have a berry-like taste.
Why is this bread green?
The green on this bread is mold. Mold is a fungus like mushrooms. There are many types and colors of mold. Go check out the blue cheese to see!
Why do apples turn brown?
Apple slices turn brown because of the air. Oxygen in the air reacts with an enzymes in the fruit and turns the apple brown. This happens to bananas and pears too.
These eggs grow on vines
Purple eggplants are common, but white ones once were. Some people still grown white eggplant in their gardens.
Explore by flashlight

One flashlight shines white, the other red.
The color light you use changes the colors and shapes you can see.
Who turned off the color?

The cones in your eye see color, but they do not work well in the dark. Give you eyes time to adjust and your rods will do the work.
Thermal monitors use color to show us possible bodily injuries!
Color helps us understand our bodies and health
Enter: THE ACTIVE ZONE
What colors are you wearing today?
Jhaalaam wool boots worn by Indo-Tibetan ministers. Stylistic elements of the boot, especially color, often indicate rank and region.
Wool, felt, velvet, silk, textile
Tibet, 19th century
Enter: THE COLOSSAL CLOSET OF COLORFUL CULTURE!
Do you see what I see?
How many different meanings do you count for each color? Notice how the meanings differ between countries and cultures. Can you think of other feelings, ideas, or memories that you associate with these colors? Use the post-its to add your own interpretation of the color. Make sure you include where you're from!
In China green is associated with the east, with sunrise, and with life and growth.
Time to get dressed and go! What colors will you wear today?
Try on outfits from around the world, and discover how cultures use color differently.

Some outfits are from the past, can you guess which ones?
Let there be LIGHT!
Dr. Dalton's Office
Get up and enjoy colors!
Step Inside
Discover color
Wake up!
Get Dressed
Say good night
Explore the dark
Create art
Get active!
Pick your produce
Examine the eye
Enjoy nature
BEDROOM
They're all we can see
We can tell
the difference
between
10 millions
colors
Dissect them!
See how they work
for colors
Open your eyes
Examine your brain
Color is Light
Spectrum is how we define colors
Are you awake?
Color constancy and brightness constancy
are responsible for the fact that a familiar
object will appear the same color regardless of
the amount of or color of light reflecting from it.
You are asked to tell if the two yellow spots share
the same color, or the grey bar on the right has a
gradual change in brightness.

There is a Yes/No button under the pictures
and you can see the answers of other visitors
after pressing the button.
The theory of color/brightness constancies is
introduced by labels near this desk.
Color!
Get Going
Ishihara color test. A long table with many pictures on the surface is in front of you. Under each picture there’s a lid which you can open to see the true pattern of the picture.
Select one type of genes under father pictures by press the button.

Select one type of genes under mother pictures by press the button.

After selecting two sets of genes, press “birth” to see if the child will be color-blind.
“Will your child be color blind?”
Are you different?!
Are we different?!
To the first man
who discovered color blindness,
by realizing his own color blindness
in 1798
color blindness is sometimes an advantage. color blind individuals are better at penetrating certain color camouflages and it has been suggested that this may be the evolutionary explanation for the surprisingly high frequency of congenital red-green color blindness.
Conclusion
There are people who can’t appreciate colors as we do. People with color blindness can’t perceive differences between some of the colors. It’s most often of genetic nature, or because of eye, nerve or brain damage.
At La Grande Jatte, you'll collaborate on a pointalist mural
At the Jasper Johns listening station, you'll hear green tunes and cognitive dissonance tunes.
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