How the color blue becomes an inspiration
Dialyzers are life-saving pieces of medical and technological art. The advanced design of the FX Dialyzers adds a dimension that reflects the thought, care and quality that went into its construction. As the most prominent visible characteristic, the color blue of the FX Dialyzer caps became the inspiration point for our unique blue art project. We asked artists to interpret the benefits of the FX Dialyzers in their own way — be it figurative or abstract, poetic or surreal, two- or three-dimensional — with stunning results.
Each artist granted another level of meaning, a unique interpretation or a new perspective to apply to the distinctive functional properties of the FX Dialyzers. Warm and sensitive, intellectual and meaningful approaches came to life.
Blue art project highlights
About the art of engineering
We wanted to see how young art students would interpret the multiple benefits of our dialysers. See this feature film about their briefing session.
We first approached a group of young art students to interpret the multiple benefits of our dialysers in an artistic way.
See this feature film about their first creative session.
The photographer Robert Lichtenberg started as a photo engineer before finding his love for making photo art. See this feature film about how he creates his awesome blue cap photo series.
A history of blue
Over the course of history, many famous artists have expressed their preference for the color blue and just as many books have focused on the topic of blue art. Perhaps one reason for the popularity of this color could be the actual process of evolution itself. In pre-historic times the color blue signaled the break of dawn to cave-dwelling hunter-gatherers: blue meant that a clear day lay ahead. Paramount to survival, clear blue water symbolized life.
However, for the very first cave artists, blue was not necessarily a preferred, never mind a go-to color, to decorate their stony abodes. That’s because the color blue was very hard to produce. In fact, very little amounts of blue material are to be found in natural elements like leaves or soil in order to produce a blue color pigment. Later on, artists found innovative ways to produce their own blue color. When kings eventually decided to immortalize blue by affording it a royal position - blue's royal status was definitely given a big boost.
However, the real “true blue” – ultramarine – takes blue to yet another level. Great Renaissance artists like Michelangelo and Raphael, including Baroque masters like Vermeer and Rembrandt, expressed their passion for the color blue. In modern times creative master Yves Klein positioned himself as the primary master of blue art ceremonies. His creative thinking often draws inspiration from the idea of endless skies. For him, blue has no dimensions, it signifies the ‘beyond’. Whichever way you look at it, blue can be interpreted in various, imaginative ways and lends itself more than well to creative expression.
The art of engineering in blue: the Robert Lichtenberg photo series
Benefits for healthcare professionals
Our dialyzers have been used in more than 500 million treatments worldwide. As the world’s leading provider of dialysis products, Fresenius Medical Care aims to make a difference — for patients and healthcare professionals.
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