Red pole on an overflow pipe

Red pole on an overflow pipe
Tattooed JJ / CC BY-NC-ND

The colour red is strange in that it both attracts and repels. We spot red quickly, the colour of blood, and healthy blushes, and full lips, and we also spot it and learn to stay away, from red signals and danger signs and as warning, as with this red pole indicating a pipeline at the sea shore. It stands out in a world largely populated by tamer hues or shades of green, which we are specifically adapted to see very well. In contrast, red is a shock, a wake up call, a call for attention and sometimes to action. Whether or not you like the colour or enjoy it, the sure thing is that you can’t ignore red, however deep a stupor your senses have sunk into.

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