The exhibition called Colour: The Rainbow Revealed, will open on Saturday, February 10, and through hands-on exhibits and exciting games and challenges, visitors can explore the science of colour and discover the fascinating ways it is used in nature, art and culture around the world.
Peer through a giant human eyeball to discover how we see and interpret colour; find out how and why some animals use colour to camouflage themselves or to attract a mate; look at how different colours mean different things for people across the planet; and learn about the surprising origins of some paints and dyes – from crushed up mummies to cows’ urine!
With an Art Machine to create your own vibrant masterpiece, a Mood Room to find out how colour can influence the way you feel; and a Colour Café to learn why certain colours tempt your taste buds, Colour: The Rainbow Revealed gives an insight into the wonderful world of colour.
Dr Emma-Louise Nicholls, deputy keeper of natural history, said: “Colour is everywhere – from
butterflies and rainbows in nature, to fashion and media in the human world.
“Animals and plants have extraordinary abilities to use colour for survival; using different
combinations of colours and patterns to communicate and interact with, or hide in, the world around them.
A red toadstool with white spots says stay away, the stripes of a tiger allow it to blend in, enabling this large animal to be a stealthy hunter, while the stoats in the exhibition show how this species can go from brilliant white in winter to a rich brown in the summer, in order to camouflage with the environment.
Colour: The Rainbow Revealed explores how humans, plants and animals see, create and respond to the multitude of colours around us.’
Colour: The Rainbow Revealed is on from Saturday February 10, to Sunday October 28, 2018. Go to http://www.horniman.ac.uk