This is old news if you work in the visual arts (and non-news if you don’t), but Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year is emerald (Pantone 17-5641). Described as lively and radiant, the intense color calls to mind Dorothy’s glittery destination in The Wizard of Oz. However, I recently learned that the Emerald City is not, in fact, green. In Frank Baum’s first Oz book, only the walls are green, but everyone is made to wear green-tinted eyeglasses to protect their peepers from “the brightness and glory” of the city. I know it’s because of the movie that we all believe the city itself is green, but it made me think how often we are convinced things are a certain way, when all the time, it’s the way we’re seeing things, and not the things themselves.
Speaking of green, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!