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Devised by the Artist Phil Coy Cally Colour Chart is a light poem drawn from the Caledonian road’s provocative history and based on colours and colour names nominated by people living and working in and around the area.

The work pays homage to the Caledonian Road’s extraordinarily diverse communities and context and subverts those familiar colour charts used in architecture, fashion, design and other industries, that seek to brand and determine peoples unique experience of colour.

The final pallet and composition of 191 hues includes colour #149 By all forgot we rot and rot, that makes reference to Oscar Wilde’s interment in nearby Holloway prison, whilst colour #120 Phil Jeffries (1954-2009) commemorates the local campaigner who devoted his life to campaigning on planning, housing and anti-war issues. The colour #64 The March of the Women, references the anthem of the women’s suffrage movement that was famously sung in the courtyard of nearby Holloway prison by a choir of suffragettes in 1912 and colour #182 Strawberry Strobes was suggested by a pupil of nearby Copenhagen Primary school.

Cally Colour Chart illuminates the underneath of what is known locally as ‘Cally’ bridge. The bridge is illuminated by one colour at a time, whilst the name given to that colour scrolls across a dot matrix screen. Passing traffic on the Caledonian Road trigger each colour to fade in to the next.

Islington Council has commissioned the work with funding from Transport for London.

Follow us on Twitter @callylightpoem for updates on Cally Colour Chart.

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What is the cut off date for submitting a colour?

The deadline has been extended to midnight on Monday 31 August.

How will the final set of colours and names to be included in Cally Colour Chart be selected?

Artist Phil Coy will make a selection based on the names, selecting those that he considers will work best in the final public artwork underneath the Cally Bridge.

I’ve proposed a colour for Cally Colour Chart, how do I know if it has been included?

The final set of colours and names in Cally Colour Chart will be published on this website once artist Phil Coy has made his final selection, and after submissions have closed.


What kind of names are you looking for?

We are looking for names which say something about your relationship to the local area. We also want the words to make sense to other people so, as a general rule, made-up words are unlikely to be accepted. Use your imagination, and draw on the poetry of everyday language!

Remember that your word will appear alongside the colour, so you do not need to give the colour name, like blue or yellow, within the name you propose.
E.g. ‘lipstick’ rather than ‘lipstick red’.


Can I propose the name of my business?

Cally Colour Chart isn’t intended to be advertising so a full business name or a brand name will not be accepted. But if you can find another way of using the words in your business name then please do propose it for the Cally Colour Chart.

When will be final Cally Colour Chart lighting and display be installed on Cally Bridge?

The final work will go ahead in late 2015, subject to planning permission.

I have the CMYK or RBG values for a specific colour that I would like to propose – can I submit these?

Yes, you should go through the normal process of proposing a colour via this website but then follow up by submitting a comment too – in the comment give the name of the colour you just submitted and your CMYK or RBG values, and contact email.

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