In each installment, a guest writer chooses one Pantone color they find particularly meaningful, intriguing, or just aesthetically beautiful—and tells us why.

By Ryan Frank, an artist and curator (Instagram: @ryanmfrank)

Falling somewhere between green and blue, this color (Pantone 3245) is a rare and vibrant gem in the natural world. It made its greatest impression on me last summer when I visited Askja, the volcanic caldera in the remote central highlands of Iceland. At the crater’s lip I saw the bright glistening blue-green water of Viti Lake some 50 meters below, a stunning contrast to everything around it: the reddish-brown cliffs surrounding the lake, the snow covered ground above and the deep blue sky overhead. Since then I have seen this color sparingly in nature – in unique bodies of water, in the occasional rock, and perhaps even the sky in just the right weather and time of day. What makes this color special is not just its stand alone visual appeal, but rather the chromatic harmony it creates with other colors in close proximity. Like an accent wall, it provides a soothing contrast for the natural landscape and brings out the true color of everything around it. Seeing it is a tranquil and enlightening experience for one’s eyes.

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