Breaking Color Symmetry

Carla Farsi
Bridges Donostia: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2007)
Pages 149–150


In this short paper I will describe my art work “Breaking Color Symmetry,” a short digital clip portraying spontaneous color symmetry breaking. This art work was inspired by Madame Wu’s experiments with spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking of electron emissions in polarized Cobalt. We can define color mirror symmetry by using a color wheel, thus making complementary (i.e., opposite) colors correspond to symmetric mirror-reflecting pairs. In this theory, Magenta is the mirror-reflection of Green, and Blue of Yellow. Colors are an artistic representation of a particle’s spin.