What is Yvette Mattern’s global rainbow?

Yvette Mattern - Bergen, Norway Bergen Lights 2020 - Jan Lilleb
Yvette Mattern – Norway Bergen Lights, Bergen, 2020, photo: Jan Lillebo

What was Global Rainbow?

Global Rainbow, After the Storm is a monumental outdoor laser installation by American artist Yvette Mattern, viewable to millions of New Yorkers. Organized in response to Hurricane Sandy, the artist projected seven beams of high power laser light over communities hit hard by the storm, originating on Manhattan’s lower west side and spanning across Brooklyn toward the Rockaways.

What inspiread this work?

The installation aimed to symbolize hope and act as a call to action to support the communities devastated by the storm. The artwork illuminated the night sky and was visible for up to 35 miles. Despite its significant range, the lasers used a minimal amount of power, approximately the equivalent of two hairdryers. Global Rainbow has been presented throughout Europe and launched the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad in England and Northern Ireland.

Yvette Mattern - Bergen, Norway Bergen Lights 2020 - Jan Lillebo
Yvette Mattern – Norway Bergen Lights, Bergen, 2020, photo: Jan Lillebo

Video: Yvette Mattern about Global Rainbow

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About Yvette Mattern

Yvette Mattern is a visual artist who lives between New York and Berlin. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University’s Film Division. Mattern works mainly with video and film, which she fuses with elements of performance, public, art and sculpture. Mattern’s video Last Day of Magic was included at the 53rd Venice Biennale Official Satellite Program in 2009, and her work has also been exhibited at the Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway; Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck, Austria; and Freies Museum, Berlin.

Selected laser installations

Global Rainbow, New York City, 2009
Yvette Mattern - Global Rainbow, New York City, 2009
Yvette Mattern – Global Rainbow, New York City, 2009, photo: Peter Norrman
Yvette Mattern - Global Rainbow, New York City, 2009
Yvette Mattern – Global Rainbow, New York City, 2009, photo: Peter Norrman
Yvette Mattern - Global Rainbow, New York City, 2009
Yvette Mattern – Global Rainbow, New York City, 2009, photo: Peter Norrman
Yvette Mattern - Global Rainbow, New York City, 2009
Yvette Mattern – Global Rainbow, New York City, 2009, photo: Peter Norrman
After the Storm, Standard Hotel, 2012
Yvette Mattern - After the Storm, Standard Hotel 2012, James Ewing/Art Production Fund
Yvette Mattern – After the Storm, Standard Hotel 2012, photo: James Ewing/Art Production Fund
Yvette Mattern - After the Storm, Standard Hotel 2012, James Ewing/Art Production Fund
Yvette Mattern – After the Storm, Standard Hotel 2012, photo: James Ewing/Art Production Fund
Yvette Mattern - After the Storm, Standard Hotel 2012, James Ewing/Art Production Fund
Yvette Mattern – After the Storm, Standard Hotel 2012, photo: James Ewing/Art Production Fund
Yvette Mattern - After the Storm, Standard Hotel 2012, James Ewing/Art Production Fund
Yvette Mattern – After the Storm, Standard Hotel 2012, photo: James Ewing/Art Production Fund
Yvette Mattern - After the Storm, Standard Hotel 2012, James Ewing/Art Production Fund
Yvette Mattern – After the Storm, Standard Hotel 2012, photo: James Ewing/Art Production Fund
Yvette Mattern - After the Storm, Standard Hotel 2012, James Ewing/Art Production Fund
Yvette Mattern – After the Storm, Standard Hotel 2012, photo: James Ewing/Art Production Fund
Yvette Mattern - After the Storm, Standard Hotel 2012, James Ewing/Art Production Fund
Yvette Mattern – After the Storm, Standard Hotel 2012, photo: James Ewing/Art Production Fund
New Haven, 2013
Yvette Mattern - New Haven, 2013 - Harold Shapiro
Yvette Mattern – New Haven, 2013, photo: Harold Shapiro
Yvette Mattern - New Haven, 2013 - Harold Shapiro
Yvette Mattern – New Haven, 2013, photo: Harold Shapiro
Yvette Mattern - New Haven, 2013 - Harold Shapiro
Yvette Mattern – New Haven, 2013, photo: Harold Shapiro
Yvette Mattern - New Haven, 2013 - Harold Shapiro
Yvette Mattern – New Haven, 2013, photo: Harold Shapiro
Global Rainbow, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, 2014

1 min 34 sec
Aha! Festival, Cleveland 2014
Yvette Mattern - Aha! Festival, Cleveland 2014, Frank Lanza
Yvette Mattern – Aha! Festival, Cleveland, 2014, photo: Frank Lanza
Yvette Mattern - Aha! Festival, Cleveland 2014, Frank Lanza
Yvette Mattern – Aha! Festival, Cleveland, 2014, photo: Frank Lanza
Yvette Mattern - Aha! Festival, Cleveland 2014, Frank Lanza
Yvette Mattern – Aha! Festival, Cleveland, 2014, photo: Frank Lanza
Marseille, France, 2018
Yvette Mattern - Jean Nouvel building, Marseille, France, 2018 - Georges Robert
Yvette Mattern – Jean Nouvel building, Marseille, France, 2018, photo: Georges Robert
Yvette Mattern - Jean Nouvel building, Marseille, France, 2018 - Georges Robert
Yvette Mattern – Jean Nouvel building, Marseille, France, 2018, photo: Georges Robert

 

All images by Yvette Mattern unless otherwise noted.

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