Colour of the day no. 5 – Malachite

Colour of the day no 5 - Malachite


A naturally occurring copper carbonate mineral, its chemical formula is close to Azurite. In fact it is known that through oxidation the brilliant blue of Azurite changes to the brilliant green of Malachite. If ground finely as a pigment it becomes too pale which is why it is often found quite coarsely ground on paintings.

We’d love to know via the comments below what Malachite reminds you of or makes you think about. We’re also running a weekly competition where people can re-name a colour. If you had to re-name this colour, what would you call it? There will be a weekly prize of a pot of paint containing the colour and labelled with your new name and a £10 Amazon voucher.

Colour of the day

Throughout the Brighton Festival a colour of the day will be displayed in Fabrica and on this blog. To help decide which colour to choose we asked Anne Wight who is a grapheme synaesthete .This is a form of synaesthesia in which an individual’s perception of numbers and letters is associated with an experience of colour.

Like all forms of synaesthesia, grapheme-colour synaesthesia is involuntary, consistent, and memorable and is one of the most common forms of synaesthesia. Generally, while it is extremely unlikely that any two synaesthetes will report the same colours for all letters and numbers, studies of large numbers of synaesthetes find that there are some commonalities across letters.

We have chosen colours/pigments/paints for each day loosely based the colours she sees for the dates of May’s Festival.


2 responses to “Colour of the day no. 5 – Malachite

  1. This reminds me (unsurprisingly) of the Malachite Room in the Winter Palace in St Petersberg – The image doesn’t do it justice, but there are these huge malachite pillars. Beautiful.

  2. I find this strangely unnatural, almost surreal – it feels like a colour someone might use to paint an undersea scene, but at the same time reminds me of a jumper my mum used to wear. Or maybe I just dreamt she did.

    I’d rename it “Jumper Dreams” and ask her if I’m just making it up.

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