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Global Rainbow Laser Light Show Lights Up NYC Sky for Hurricane Sandy Victims

by , 11/29/12

Global Rainbow, Yvette Mattern, New York events, disaster relief, hurricane sandy victims, laser installations, low energy art, green events

If you were looking up at the NYC night sky on Tuesday, you might have seen a rainbow. Called Global Rainbow, After the Storm, the huge laser light show stretched over the city skyline as a shining symbol of hope and a call to support to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The installation was designed by American artist Yvette Mattern, and was achieved by projecting seven beams of low-energy laser light over communities hit hard by the storm, from Manhattan’s lower west side across Brooklyn and toward the Rockaways.

Global Rainbow, Yvette Mattern, New York events, disaster relief, hurricane sandy victims, laser installations, low energy art, green events

The lasers used for the installation were created by Lightwave International and use a minimal amount of electricity. The low-energy lasers have the equivalent electricity consumption of two hair dryers but are enough to project the beams 35 miles.

The project was a joint initiative between the Art Production Fund and The Standard, executed in close collaboration with the fundraising drive for Waves for Water and the New York Foundation for the Arts’ Emergency Relief Fund. “Bring a smile and, hopefully, a feeling of hope that they’ll get through it,” said Mattern whose Global Rainbow project has previously been showcased in cities around the world. The NY Rainbow will be visible again Wednesday and Thursday night from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m.

+ Yvette Mattern

Via Gothamist

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  1. timbambam November 29, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    The last 2 days I went out with my camera to take pictures of the Sandys Rainbow light show. Both days I left from my house on 31St and Park Ave. Yesterday I was not really dressed for it so I just walked over to 7th Ave. On Thursday I left 31 St and Park ave. and walked down to 14th St. and 9 th Ave. It was about 9:00 pm she. I got there. I was looking in the direction of where the Standard hotel is located. I stood there for about 15 minutes. I never saw any lights.
    I really do not understand why I could not see the lights. It is claimed that you could see them from 35 miles away. I was a lot closer than that. I also went online to see if they had any kind of schedule listed. All it said was from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am. Sure was a big waste of my time.