The colours I see when I think of numbers

Everything I want to remember: Day 1  |  1 August 2020

The colours I see when I think of numbers.

1 is white light(all the colours in one), 2 is gold, 3 is red, 4 is blue, 5 is indigo, 6 is gold, 7 is opalescent, 8 is deep, grounded green, 9 is deep yet vivid violet. 0 is… a very faint outline around open space. 0 is the colour of the page it is written on.

Jules Olitski, Cleopatra Flesh, 1962. Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
8′ 8″ x 7′ 6″ (264.2 x 228.3 cm)
Olafur Eliasson, Your museum primer, 2014. “Suspended from the ceiling of a darkened gallery space, a prismatic ring with a pane of colour-effect filter glass at its centre slowly rotates within a beam of light projected by a focused spotlight. As the ring turns, it casts circles and arcs of light that move along the walls, scanning the space. Some of these are single tones, while others display the full range of colours in the visible spectrum. Because of the properties of the colour-effect filter glass, the reflected light appears blue while the light that passes through the glass is yellow.”


Olafur Eliasson, Domestic Motion, 2005. “Hanging in a doorway, a curtain of rotating acrylic glass prisms is illuminated from behind by a beam of light. Clusters of rainbow-coloured strips, refracted through the prisms, pass around the space, embracing walls, ceiling, and floor. White light is reflected off the prisms and spills through the curtain. A large mirror that sits adjacent to the curtain creates a second set of reflections.”


Olafur Eliasson, To day, 2005. “A rotating disc consisting of four concentric glass prisms hangs from the ceiling. A spotlight with a beam exactly the size of the disc is focused upon it. The light is refracted through each of the prisms and projected as four rainbows as well as four white rings onto the walls. For every rotation of the disc, the projected rings pass a full 360° around the space.”

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