We have been working with The Weaver’s House and Uncommon Creative Studio to find a distinctive shade of blue.
Hundreds of parts of the city are to be painted Coventry Blue – ahead of the city becoming the UK City of Culture.
Coventry’s historic relationship with the colour blue will be brought to life across the course of this year with hundreds of properties and objects all being painted the same shade.
The city’s links with the colour flow from the dye used in the city’s medieval weaving trade to the colour of Coventry City’s shirts to the Blue Ribbon roundabout.
Now no fewer than 366 different locations will be painted the same shade to mark that. While the locations which are soon to be blue remain a mystery, building societies and roadways will be among those to get the treatment.
The locations and objects will all be exactly the same colour, called Moving Blue.
Martin Sutherland, Chief Executive of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said Moving Blue would become a visual reminder of the city’s heritage and would build anticipation in the lead up to the city’s year in the spotlight.
He said: “Moving is a word often associated with Coventry – from our history as pioneers in the transport industry, to our famous welcome to those who have relocated from across the world, to our culture which has stirred people for centuries, this really is a city that moves.
“The colour blue is synonymous with Coventry and, while nobody has ever been able to quite pin down the actual Coventry Blue, we think this project is a great way for people to come together as we head towards 2021.
“Moving Blue is our very own shade and will be visible all over Coventry in the next year.”
While Coventry has its own shade of blue, the recipe has been lost over time. It came from a secret recipe for the dye including water from the River Sherbourne and the quality and type of woad plant used.
The recipe was never written down so was lost to history, but an appropriate shade will now be created.
It will then be available for residents and community groups to use on their own properties later in 2020.
Sara Maycock, of The Weaver’s House, said: “In medieval times, when The Weaver’s House was built, Coventry was a centre for the weaving trade, when city was best known for its fine Coventry Blue cloth.
“We grow the woad plant in the garden, and although the plant is green and related to cabbages, it produces a fantastic range of blues. We have experimented with this natural dyestuff to see what shades of blue it produces, so we have an idea what Coventry Blue might have been like.
“We’ll never truly know what the medieval Coventry Blue looked like as the recipe was a closely guarded secret, but it’s wonderful to see the colour being revived as we head towards 2021.
“Blue is a thread that runs through Coventry’s history for hundreds of years and we’re excited that Moving Blue will be a connection to the weavers of old as well as looking to the future of the city.”
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