The Global Rainbow over New York
January 19, Martin Luther King Day, saw The Global Rainbow projected from downtown Manhattan on a span extending to Brooklyn Bridge to the east and the Hudson River to the west, directly over the fallen WTC towers between the hours of 5pm and midnight.
The Global Rainbow is a laser installation created by artist Yvette Mattern that beams rays of light representing the spectrum of the seven colors of the rainbow. Encompassing geographical and social diversity in its reach and symbolic of hope, Mattern’s installation projected from the pyramid top (former penthouse of J. Paul Getty) of 14 Wall Street.
Projections of the Global Rainbow are being planned in various locations around the world including London, Berlin, Oslo, Jerusalem and Beijing.
Yvette Mattern was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and now lives between New York and Berlin. She works mainly in temporal media such as video and film, which she fuses with elements of performance, public art and sculpture. In 2005/2006, Mattern completed a residency at the BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England, and then later at the Centre for Contemporary Art at Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw in 2007/2008. In 2008 she was involved in the exhibition “Cinema Remixed and Reloaded” at the Spelman Museum of Art and “Black Light/White Noise” at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston.