THE RAINBOW: CERTAIN PRINCIPLES OF LIGHT AND SHAPES BETWEEN FORMS

MICHAEL JONES MCKEAN

JUNE 22–OCTOBER 28, 2012

BEMIS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS

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The Rainbow created a simple, but phenomenal visual event — a rainbow in the sky. This half-million dollar commissioned public artwork represented extensive cross-disciplinary collaboration to extensively modify to the Bemis Center’s five-story, repurposed industrial warehouse — creating a completely self-contained water harvesting and large-scale storage system. Throughout the project cycle, collected and recaptured storm water was filtered and stored in six above-ground, 10,500 gallon water tanks. Within the gallery, a custom designed 60-horsepower pump supplied pressurized water to nine nozzles mounted to the 20,000 square foot roof of the Bemis Center. At timed intervals, in the morning and early evening, a dense water-wall projected above the building in which a rainbow emerged.

Photos: Mike Sinclair, Larry Gawel, Mike Machian, Michael Jones McKean