Encyclopedia of Color Science and Technology

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| Editors: Ronnier Luo

Color Pollution

  • Malvina Arrarte-Grau
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27851-8_249-1



Color pollution consists of an inappropriate color arrangement which causes or increases disorder in the perception of the Visual Field within an urban or natural environment. It is an important aspect of visual pollution.


Color Pollution as a Component of Visual Pollution

In the context of environmental design visual pollution refers to all non-architectural elements which spoil, in an invasive and simultaneous way, the perception of outdoor spaces. These features range from plastic bags trapped between tree branches to publicity panels, street signs, posts and wires [1]. Besides the unaesthetic consequences the unnecessary exposure of these elements may bring, visual pollution leads to the overstimulation of the senses, increasing the load of information to be processed by viewers, drivers and pedestrians.

Light and color are important aspects of visual pollution. The first one generates...


Saturated Color Light Pollution Aesthetic Aspect Colored Element Ethereal Substance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Architecture, Landscape and Color DesignArquitectura Paisajismo ColorLimaPeru