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Daan Roosegaarde’s site-specific rainbow was installed last Thursday, just in time for the holiday rush at the highly-trafficked Amsterdam Central Station, which sees approximately 50 million people a year. The brilliant rainbow spans 150 feet by 80 feet across the arc-shaped glass. “Rainbow Station creates a unique place for travelers, an experience you can not download,” says Roosegaarde.

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The technology behind Rainbow Station was designed in collaboration with astronomers of the University of Leiden. The lens projector creates the rainbow’s arc shape using liquid crystal technology developed for exoplanet research. The artwork, which also commemorates the 2015 UNESCO “Year of the Light,” will run for a year.

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