Colors of Copper
Due to its availability and usefulness, copper was the earliest metal used by man, with artifacts dating back to at least 9000 years ago. Copper was widely used throughout the ancient world, from Phoenicia to Mesoamerica, it was used, among other things, in the manufacture of sculpture, utensils, vessels, jewelry, tools, and weapons. When exposed, the surface of native copper has a pinkish-orange color. Copper compounds and atmospheric conditions impart a wide array of colors to copper which range anywhere from deep blues, emerald greens, and turquoise, to pinks, reds, browns and oranges. Because copper is such a beautiful and versatile material, and due to its regional importance in south-eastern Arizona, the "Colors of Copper" fine arts show attempts to capture all the wonderful aspects of this vital and noble metal.