More about...color symbols
Colors are used as symbols by many cultures. But to understand the meaning of a symbol you have to know that culture! Colors in traffic symbols are easy to understand once you learn them.
Red means stop
Yellow means slow down
Green means go
But color symbols can be confusing to a foreigner. Knowing where to park your car in California means learning color symbols on curbs. In California:
Red curb=no parking
Green curb=parking for 10 minutes
White curb=parking for 5 minutes during business hours
Blue curb=handicapped parking only
If you think that's
hard to remember, think of how hard it would be to learn a new culture's
"I am wearing white to go to an important occasion. Where am I going?"
below to see the answer!
|Artists have been using
colors to symbolize meaning in their art works since they first starting
drawing in caves.
Although we can only guess the meaning of such ancient art, some symbols are universal. What do you think the color red symbolizes in this cave painting? Life, blood, or death?
But not all symbols are simple to understand. Usually, you have to learn about where and when the artist lived to understand the symbols!