10 Awesome Experiences, Inspired By Rainbows

If art is to be experienced, nothing could bring me more joy than seeing art installations that are inspired by rainbows. Using a whole spectrum of colors, these artistic expressions prove that we don't have to wait for Mother Nature to create just the right conditions. Instead, we can create rainbows ourselves. Whether that's through the colorful smoke of the Red Arrows flight team or the gorgeous running water flowing out of the Banpo Bridge, rainbows surprise and delight us just as if were seeing it outside of our rear window for the very first time. Here are ten ways artists have recreated that wonderful moment. The Wallpaper* Chair Arch

Wallpaper* magazine commissioned designer Martino Gamper to create this modern-day Chair Arch for the London Design Festival. Using Ercol stacking chairs, Gamper built two overlapping arches. These chair arches are a part of a British Victorian tradition, constructed to commemorate special occasions. It can be viewed at the Victoria and Albert Museum from now until September 27, 2009. [More at the London Design Festival] The LightScraper

Melbourne-based interactive design company ENESS created the LightScraper. The LightScraper is a custom built aluminium structure, fabricated with a layer or semi translucent mesh. The structure can be easily erected in various compositions in an outdoor or indoor setting. A single computer and two projectors are use to bring the sculptures visuals to life. The LightScraper also acts as a giant musical instrument, people’s location influence the melodies emitting from the sculpture. Visitor's position is tracked via an infrared camera mounted at the peak of the structure, and transposed into musical notes, the result is ever-changing melodies and visual delight. [More at Electronic Miracles] Pantone Rainbow

The Pantone rainbow, designed by Bates 141, was created to convince college students and faculty that "Pantone has the most color selection for their printing guidance". A 8 x 4.5 meter rainbow made of more than 5,000 Pantone color chips was placed in the middle of the campus. [See more pictures at Flickr] Death Row

'Death Row' is an art installation by the Chilean artist Ivan Navarro. The installation consists of thirteen aluminum doors with neon lights that are arranged in such a way that each door creates an optical illusion. A look down into one of these doors and you see an endless path. [More at DesignBoom] The Rainbow Wall

As part of the Smart Light Sydney event this summer, artists Hammer and Kecskes created Rainbow, an interactive rainbow of colours that was projected onto the Billich Gallery wall, creating a beautiful night light creation. What was smart about it? This installation used minimal power. The whole installation used less than 20% of the power consumed by one traditional incandescent light bulb. [Via Smart Light Sydney] Transient Rainbow - Fireworks

Conceived by artist Cai Guo-Qiang, Transient Rainbow celebrated the opening of MoMA's temporary exhibition space in Queens with a rainbow of fireworks that cascaded across the East River, tracking the Museum's movement from Manhattan to Queens. The dazzling visual effect resembled a rapidly moving monumental arch (500 feet wide and 120 feet high), momentarily connecting the two banks at the thundering speed of 100 feet per second. [More at Cai Guo-Qiang] One-Way Colour Tunnel

Created by Olafur Eliasson, the one-way colour tunnel is made of rainbow colored prismatic mirrors. Various other alcoves in the building are transformed into mirrored boxes you can look in -- or in some cases -- enter to see a multiplicity of reflections of yourself. Eliasson's exhibit provides a unique experience for each viewer, while at the same time encouraging self-awareness and the consideration of the idea that uniqueness is debatable. [Via Kqed] 360° Room For All Colours

360° Room For All Colours is a large circular wall that envelops viewers as its color-changing mood light gradually fades through the color spectrum. The light consumes your peripheral vision, and you feel like you are enveloped in hues of yellow, orange, blue, pink, green, purple and white. It's definitely art that is meant to be experienced. It was also created by Olafur Eliasson. [Via SF MOMA] Red Arrow's Colored Trails

The Red Arrows are renowned throughout the world as ambassadors for both the Royal Air Force and the United Kingdom. Since the Team was officially formed in 1965, the Red Arrows have completed over 4,000 displays in 53 countries. Coloured trails have been a Red Arrows trademark since they formed in 1965. People all over the world watch their breathtaking stunts as the nine jets criss-cross the sky 6ft apart at 400mph, trailing Union Jack colours. [More at RAF] Rainbow Fountain or The Banpo Bridge Fountain in Seoul, Korea

In Seoul, Korea, the Banpo Bridge was recently remodeled into a massive and beautiful fountain that shoots water down. Installed on September 9, 2008, 380 nozzles on both sides of the bridge pump out 190 tons of water from the Han River per minute. About 200 lights illuminate the bridge in a kaleidoscope of colors. [Via Gizmodo]
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