J4772 : 'Global Rainbow', Newtownards

taken 6 years ago, 3 km from Newtownards, Northern Ireland

'Global Rainbow', Newtownards
'Global Rainbow', Newtownards
The laser lights of the 'Global Rainbow' shining out from the base of Scrabo Tower in Newtownards. The lights have been pointed in a north-easterly direction over the town.
"Global Rainbow", Newtownards
Temporary art installation projected from Scrabo Tower in Newtownards from 14th-17th March 2012. The following information is taken from the artist's own website at LinkExternal link :

"Global Rainbow is a large scale, spectacular outdoor laser projection created by the artist, Yvette Mattern. It consists of seven parallel beams of high specification laser light, representing the spectrum of the traditional seven colours of the rainbow, and is designed to be projected across large open sites, particularly densely populated areas. With the projection, the artist intends to encompass geographical and social diversity in its reach and symbolise hope.

Presented by amino for the first time in the UK Global Rainbow opens the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad year in three regions of the UK: north east and north west England, and Northern Ireland.

Starting on leap day, 29 February, the UK première of this stunning artwork takes place over five nights against the backdrop of the North Tyneside coastline.

From 8 March, International Women’s Day, the rainbow is being projected over the city of Preston for four nights. Here, it launches We Play Challenge, the north west’s Cultural Olympiad public participation programme. It is one of the first events in the Preston Guild festival. Dating back to 1179, this is England’s oldest festival and takes place once every 20 years.

Starting on 14 March and ending on St Patrick’s Day, 17 March, the rainbow is being projected from the base of the landmark site of Scrabo Tower. For four nights, it passes over Newtownards, from where it follows the picturesque eastern shore of Strangford Lough and on, over the Ards Peninsula

Global Rainbow was initially created for projection in New York City on 19 January 2009 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) where it was projected from the top of a Wall Street skyscraper in downtown Manhattan. The beams extended from Brooklyn Bridge to the east and the Hudson River to the west, passing over Ground Zero. Subsequently, it has been shown in Berlin, Toulouse, Utrecht and Nantes.

Yvette Mattern 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 in Berlin, Vienna, Dakar, New York, Venice, Rome, Chicago and Amsterdam."

See related Geograph images from the Whitley Bay event at LinkExternal link .
See images from all three venues in the UK at the Flickr page LinkExternal link .
See some other images from the Scrabo event on the BBC at LinkExternal link .
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Date Taken
Thursday, 15 March, 2012   (more nearby)
Friday, 16 March, 2012
Geographical Context
Coastal  Historic sites and artefacts  Suburb, Urban fringe 
Place (from Tags)
Newtownards  Scrabo Tower 
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Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 479 728 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:34.9192N 5:42.7363W
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Irish: geotagged! J 477 726
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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Night  Night View  Night Scene  Art  Night Time  Art Installation  Laser  Global Rainbow  Laser Lights 

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