Gathering Place is a place for all to gather and build a stronger community. The Global Rainbow, by artist Yvette Mattern, was a visual call to the community and a symbol of unity. With six unique laser lights, this art piece wrote its message across the sky for everyone to see. The Global Rainbow changed directions leaving no corner of our city unseen. Starting to the North and rotating clockwise, these lights reach up to 70 miles, sharing the message of the Gathering Place far and wide.
The Global Rainbow was seen every evening after sundown, September 5 through September 23, 2018.
The Global Rainbow is a large-scale public art light installation created by Yvette Mattern. The artwork beams seven rays of laser light representing the color spectrum of a natural rainbow: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet. The 120+ W power laser light projection beaming in parallel horizontal lines creates a natural perspective horizon arc simulating a natural rainbow. The presentation is poetic, magical and powerful. It encompasses the skyline and its viewing perspective is as ephemeral as viewing a natural rainbow. Theoretically and symbolically its presentation encompasses geographical and social diversity in its reach throughout distinct points across the globe.
Yvette Mattern (born in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a New York and Berlin based visual artist whose work has an emphasis on video and film, which frequently intersects performance, public art and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited internationally.
Yvette Mattern received her MFA in New York City from Columbia University's Film Division in 1987. She has worked on and collaborated with many artists on film and theater projects including Cindy Sherman's theatrical feature 'Office Killer', Al Pacino, Nicolas Cage, Diller+Scofidio and The Builder's Association among many others.
Video and light sculptures have been exhibited internationally including Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK, Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image since 1970, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, G, Black Light/White Noise, Houston Contemporary Museum of Art, Curator Valerie Cassel Oliver, Equatorial Rhythms, Sternersen Museum, Oslo, Norway, You won’t feel a thing, WYSPA Institute of Art, Poland and more.
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