The World in Color, Issue 2

Creating Space for Color

Artists use old factory buildings for art installments that literally create space for color. Thomas Granseuer and Tomislav Topic of Quintessenz use colored fabric to showcase the movement and gradation of color. The result is art that seems to trace the pathway of color on the move, leaving blurred and graded contrails behind.

You thought Banksy was cool

The pixel-like fabric installations only scratch the surface of Quintessenz’s color power. They’re responsible for building-sized murals and other installations in multiple locations around Europe. To learn more about Quintessenz, read here.

Painted to Sell

Boosting your home’s selling price might be as easy as applying a fresh coat of paint Experts at Zillow conducted research on over 135,000 photos of homes that sold in the past 8 years. Homes with black front doors, periwinkle bathrooms, and taupe living rooms sold for significantly more money.

Are these colors dragging you down?

And don’t forget to ditch these no-nos. Experts said that brown dining rooms and brick or brick-red kitchens actually drove selling prices down.

Read the full article here.

Pretty in Cyanobacteria Pink

Bright pink is one of the oldest colors in the world, and THE oldest color produced by a living organism. Cyanobacteria, or a type of bacteria that lives off sunlight, was found to have dark red and purple in its chlorophyll–a substance that gives modern plants their green color. Preserved for millions of years against all odds, scientists discovered these cyanobacteria fossils deep in the Sahara desert in Mauritania, West Africa. When studying the bacteria molecules, scientists extracted and distilled the colors, finding a bright pink.

Ghost Bacteria of Oceans Past

At some point in Earth’s long history, this cyanobacteria gave ancient oceans a pink cast. And it was no easy feat to stay preserved for upwards of a billion years. In order for Ancient Pink to be discoverable today, the rock that held the sunken and decayed cyanobacteria had to survive at the bottom of an ocean for a billion years.

Intrigued? Keep reading.