Copper is a ductile metal with high thermal and electrical conductivity. Pure copper is soft and malleable; a freshly exposed surface has a red-orange color. Copper has an extremely wide range of applications based on its conductivity, corrosion resistance, workability, and beauty. It is well-suited for domestic and industrial plumbing goods, contacts and switchgears, and electrical wiring. Copper is widely used in the housing and telecommunications industries in everything from electrical wiring to architectural elements. Also popular with artists because of its color and sound.