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Test your knowledge of one of the world’s oldest and rarest colours – blue

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1. Sometimes called “true blue”, Ultramarine blue is a pigment made from what type of rock? 

A) Lapis lazuli 
B) Blue granite
C) Azurite

2. True or False: Indigo is neither blue nor violet, but a unique colour comprised of three parts blue and one part purple. 

3. The colour Prussian Blue, or Berliner Blau, was discovered in 1703, when this ingredient was accidently mixed into potash and iron sulfate. Was it?

A) Animal blood 
B) Lye 
C) Blueberries 

4. A founding member of the Painters Eleven group, this artist’s many blue compositions include Blue Reflections B.C. (1962), Blue Dimension (1967) and In Space, Blue Irises (1967).

A) Tom Hodgson
B) Hortense Gordon
C) Kazuo Nakamura
D) Alexandra Luke

5. Visitors to this open air museum can surround themselves in a glade of extremely rare blue Himalayan poppies, first imported to Canada in the 1930s. 

A) Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm 
B) Kingsbrae Gardens
C) Les Jardins de Métis

6. The Wychwood Blue Jay (1930) is a linocut print created by which pioneering Toronto artist? 

A) Mary Wrinch Reid
B) Mary Hiester Reid 

7. Kim Ondaatje’s Blue Bedroom (1970) depicts a room in her house on:

A) Piccadilly Street, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
B) Piccadilly Street, Charleston, W. Virginia
C) Piccadilly Street, London, Ontario

8. Described as ‘strangely beautiful and somewhat menacing’, British artist Richard Hiorns installation Seizure (2008), invites visitors to explore an apartment covered in:

A) Blue copper sulphate crystals
B) Architectural blueprints 
C) High-energy blue light

9.  Originally developed by performance artists Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton in 1991, this group’s mute, bald and body paint antics began as street protest.

A) De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre
B) Blue Man Group
C) Bread and Puppet Theatre

10. Measuring nine metres long, Laurent Grasso’s cool blue neon sculpture invites visitors to bathe in the ideas of famed French philosopher Michel Foucault. The title of that work is:

A) Visibility is a Trap 
B) See and Be Seen 
C) Untitled (neon quotations)

Answers: 1-A, 2-True, 3-A, 4-C, 5-C, 6-A, 7-C, 8-A, 9-B, 10-A

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