What is Yvette Mattern’s global rainbow?

Last updated:

Yvette Mattern - Bergen, Norway Bergen Lights 2020 - Jan Lilleb

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

Published: July 23, 2013

Last updated:

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 that were 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

2 min 45 sec

11 min 17 sec

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.

 

Related articles

 

Discover more ..

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


*


I accept the Privacy Policy

report this ad

Stay in touch

We would love to keep the conversation going.

Please join us on Pinterest, YouTube or Instagram.

Want inspiration in your inbox?