The City Colour

About a city, it’s essence and the intrinsic colour.


BY JACK P. KRUF | JULY 2019

Ypres is the symbol of the ultimate resilience and dynamics of a city ecosystem. It refounded itself, from the ashes, recreated, rebalanced and resurrected from the immense losses on the dark battlefields of the Big War. If there is a city which can be given a distinctive colour, then it is Ypres in West-Flanders, Belgium. The city has the name City of Peace.

The poppy (Papaver spp.), in abundance growing among the graves of war victims near the city, has become the symbol for the remembrance for those who lost their lives. The remembrance poppy, the artificial flower and first created by Madame Guérin, is often worn on clothing leading up to Remembrance Day/Armistice Day on the 11th of November, the day in 1918 when the war was ended.

The poem In Flanders Fields, by Canadian and Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, brings us all back to the day it was written, the 3rd of May 2015:

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead, short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

– John McGrae

The most abundant flower – among other species of papavers – near the graves of the soldiers is the Flanders Poppy (Papaver rhoeas L.). When florists speak about the poppy they often mark it with the colour scarlet.

Within CINETONE® we link the poppy colour Pantone® Poppy Red 17-1664 TPG to that of the city.

Bibliography
McCrae, J. (1918) In Flanders Fields and Other Poems. Salt Lake City: Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation.

Image: Kruf, J.P. (2019) City, Ypres, Poppy Red / Ecosystem [fine art print]. Breda: Civitas Naturalis.

The Tone of 2020

How color tells us the story of the tone of society.


BY JACK P. KRUF

The Pantone Color Institute has selected the 2021 colours for design and fashion. It illustrates the tone of society at the end of the year 2020. The choice of the institute works as a mirror.

It is obvious that it seems to indicate that society is in need for the illuminating yellow and the anchoring gray of nature. It is clear that a more integrated and transdisciplinary approach is the way forward. Pantone Color Institute:
 
“Two independent colors that highlight how different elements come together to support one another, best express the mood for Pantone Color of the Year 2021. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the union of Ultimate Gray + Illuminating is one of strength and positivity.
It is a story of color that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly. A message of happiness supported by fortitude, the combination of these colors is aspirational and gives us hope. We need to feel that everything is going to get brighter – this is essential to the human spirit.
 
As people look for ways to fortify themselves with energy, clarity, and hope to overcome the continuing uncertainty, spirited and emboldening shades satisfy our quest for vitality.
 
Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power.
 
Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation. The colors of pebbles on the beach and natural elements whose weathered appearance highlights an ability to stand the test of time, Ultimate Gray quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness and resilience.”
 
It seems clear where the needs and wants in public values lie, underlining the focus and content of good public navigation.