The Rainbow Machine

Posted by on Thursday, January 13, 2011 · Leave a Comment


Oh. My. God. It’s a rainbow machine! And it’s making real rainbows! Artist Michael Jones McKean creates real rainbows – with his awesome solar-powered machine using recycled rainwater!

Certain climatic conditions are generally required in the creation of a rainbow — unless you’re artist Michael Jones McKean, who has found a way to shoot rainbows across the sky at will. He’s been practicing in parking lots and over his studio building for years now in preparation for a larger installation at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska. Next June McKean will produce a rainbow twice a day for 15 minutes using reclaimed rainwater and sunlight.

[… ] The Rainbow Project uses a series of high-powered jet pumps and custom fountain nozzles to spray water into the air, creating the conditions needed for a rainbow to appear. The commercial irrigation equipment is timed in order to create a dense wall of water that mimics a rainstorm, and the sun does the rest of the work.


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