Your right to continued existence [Cally Colour Chart] is a public work for the Caledonian Road, London – situated under the well-known local landmark ‘The Cally Bridge’. The underside of the bridge is illuminated by one colour at a time, with it’s name simultaneously displayed on a dot matrix screen. Pedestrians and passing traffic trigger each colour to fade in to the next.

Devised by Phil Coy, Your right to continued existence [Cally Colour Chart] draws from the Caledonian road’s provocative history. The work pays homage to the Caledonian Road’s 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.

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Phil Coy chose and named colours both through research into the local history, and in collaboration with people living and working in and around the Caledonian Road. Prior to installation in Autumn 2016, a year long process got the word out, and invited people to choose and nominate colour names, many of which are included in the final pallet.

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. For a full list of chosen colours please see Your right for continued existence.

The work is easily accessible by Bus (17, 19, 259, 274) Caledonian Road & Barnsbury Station (Stop K) or the Caledonian Road & Barnsbury railway station, London Overground (Stratford-Richmond).

Commissioned by Islington Council with funding from Transport for London.

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FAQ More

What is the cut off date for submitting a colour?

The deadline has now passed. It was midnight on Monday 31 August 2016.


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 are published here.

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 is not 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 September 2016, 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.

Thanks More

Project Management:
Ben Eastop, Natasha Vicars and Wilf Langridge

Dominic Robson (installation), An Endless Supply (website)

Thanks to:
Brendan Pollard, Marcus Holliday, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Housmans Bookshop, Peace News, Harsha Patel, Copenhagen Primary School, Cally Fest.