Naturally Brilliant Colour at Kew Gardens

Courtesy of Roger Wooldridge via Kew Gardens

Ever wanted to replicate the dazzling iridescent of a butterfly’s wing or a hummingbird’s coat? It has never been possible to recreate this wide array of beautiful colours until now.

Delving into the boldest, brightest colours on Earth, the Naturally Brilliant Colour exhibition at Kew Gardens, London allows you to get up close and personal with colours never before achieved by humans.

Courtesy of Roger Wooldridge via Kew Gardens

Pure structural colour, which was previously only possible in nature, are microscopic structures found in plant and animal surface layers, that reflect sunlight in a specific way to generate captivating bright colours, including iridescence. Finally, humans have been able to artificially reproduce these naturally brilliant colours using new cutting-edge technology created by researchers at Lifescaped, opening up a spectrum of new possibilities.

Courtesy of Roger Wooldridge via Kew Gardens

With a chance to experience colour like never before, the spectacular shades of the natural world are recreated through mesmerising botanical art, giant kaleidoscopes, trippy illusions and opulent fashion and accessories coated in this new form of colour.

Courtesy of Roger Wooldridge via Kew Gardens

The exhibition takes you on an evolutionary journey starting 520 million years ago, when animals first evolved image-forming eyes up to the present day and beyond – to how pure structural colour can have positive implications for the future of botanical art, the aviation industry and beyond.

Want the chance to see the brightest, most mesmerising colours on Earth for yourself? Head to Kew Gardens’ exhibition, closing September 26.

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