BLUE may be seen most abundantly in the sky, on the water [the reflected sky], and with moonlight [also reflected]. We also find it in certain animals, minerals, and vegetables, but in a more fragmentary fashion, an accent among the prevailing browns, golds, and greens. Accordingly, blue carries strong associations with otherworldliness and with distance. Leonardo da Vinci noted that objects gain a bluish aspect as they recede to the horizon. Who has not regarded distant blue hills without a stab of longing?
Vishnu, the Hindu deity who preserves the world, is frequently depicted with blue-tinted skin to connote his deep relation to water, as is Krishna, his avatar. The Virgin Mary has come to be identified by blue robes; although her connection with the color is relatively recent, it follows the metaphoric logic of the hue. //
[ blue, color, Félix González-Torres, Herzog & de Meuron, issue_7, mark cottle, volume_1, Yves Klein ]