Need a Bright Spot? Look for the Global Rainbow During Basel

'Global Rainbow' by American artist Yvette Mattern, Saint Mary's Lighthouse, Whitley Bay, Tyne and wear UK. 2/3 2012. The work can be seen until the evening of Sunday 4/3 2012 from 6:00pm till midnight. From the press release: Yvette Mattern’s stunning laser rainbow projection – Global Rainbow – will continue to shine along the North Tyneside coastline over the next four evenings until March 4 to mark the launch of 2012’s Cultural Olympiad programme in the region. Wednesday 29 February, 18.00 – midnight Thursday 1 March, 18.00 – midnight Friday 2 March, 18.00 – midnight Saturday 3 March, 18.00 – midnight Sunday 4 March, 18.00 - midnight Global Rainbow is a large scale, spectacular outdoor laser projection created by American 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 installation, the artist intends to encompass geographical and social diversity in its reach and to symbolise hope. Launching the North East’s Cultural Olympiad programme for 2012 on Leap Day, Wednesday 29 February, Global Rainbow was projected last night from St. Mary’s headland along an eight kilometre stretch of the North Tyneside coastline and will be visible for the next four evenings. Global Rainbow is the first in a series of high profile Cultural Olympiad projects taking place across the North East during 2012. In this region, the North West and Northern Ireland it will form the main opening event for each region’s 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme. Global Rainbow was initially created for projection in New York City on 19 January 2009 (Martin Luther King Day) where it was projected from the pyramidal top of the 14 Wall Street skyscraper in downtown Manhattan (the former penthouse of J Paul Getty). 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 in February 2010 where, over nine evenings, it formed the signature event for the annual Transmediale festival of media art and was seen by several million people. In October 2010 it was the signature event at La Novela Festival in Toulouse. In September 2011, it formed the signature event for the launch of the new programme season at Le Lieu Unique, the national centre for contemporary art in 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. Global Rainbow is funded in the North East by North Tyneside Council and Arts Council England. Supported by Lightwave International, Global Rainbow forms part of the Cultural Olympiad. Global Rainbow is produced in the UK by amino, a contemporary arts production agency based in Newcastle upon Tyne. For media enquiries contact: Nicky Harrison PR for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in North East England and the Host City of Newcastle Upon Tyne T. +44 (0)191 280 8020 M. +44 (0)7824 390826 Photo ©:Mark Pinder +44 (0)7768 211174
‘Global Rainbow’ by American artist Yvette Mattern, Saint Mary’s Lighthouse, Whitley Bay, Tyne and wear UK. 2/3 2012.

Let’s face it, the world could use a little cheering up right about now. A bright spot, so to speak. Well soon enough, starting Monday, November 28th, you’ll be able to find it over the Biscayne Bay.

This is because Lionheart Capital, developer of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach, has commissioned artist Yvette Mattern, to put up one of her famous Global Rainbows during Art Basel Miami Beach.

Dubbed the #RitzRainbow, Mattern’s large-scale, laser light beam installation will originate from Lionheart Capital in the heart of Miami’s Design District, casting a spectacular array of light across the city, and over Biscayne Bay from November 28th through Saturday, December 3rd.

When activated, the #RitzRainbow can be seen from a 20-mile radius – a gift to the city of Miami that spreads positivity and celebrates the beauty of light, art and the human spirit. “We are thrilled to be working with Yvette to bring light to the people of Miami,” says Ophir Sternberg, Founding Partner and CEO of Lionheart Capital. “While not everyone can attend the fair, our entire community can enjoy this beautiful work of art.”

Because light plays a principal role in the design vision that is defining the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach, the use of Mattern’s most famous medium was a natural choice for Lionheart Capital and their architect Piero Lissoni. “If you are a traveler and you land for the first time in Miami,” says Lissoni, “The first feeling when you land is the quality of light; it is absolutely special.”

Mattern is an American artist who travels between New York and Berlin. She has put up Global Rainbow installations in a number of cities across the globe, including Berlin, Ireland, New York City, and more.

Global Rainbow
Global Rainbow