Three-Day Laser Rainbow Artwork Honoring NYC Sandy Victims Starts Beaming Tonight

Tonight through Thursday night, voyeurs hoping to peek in on visitors staying at the Standard, High Line — the glass-walled hotel cantilevered over the similarly raised public park — will instead be treated to a surreal yet solemn laser light show. The Art Production Fund is presenting Yvette Mattern‘s “Global Rainbow, After the Storm” (2012) for three nights (8pm-2am) in honor of those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The installation, which consists of seven bold-hued laser beams, will be oriented so as to shine out across the neighborhoods that were hit by the worst of the superstorm in Brooklyn and Queens. The public artwork is accompanied by a fundraising drive benefiting two relief organizations: Waves for Water and the New York Foundation for the Arts‘s Emergency Relief Fund.

“I hope that seeing this beacon in the night sky will provide people with a sense of peace and security in this time of crisis and that it will unify us with its presence so we remember that we are all in this together,” Mattern said in a press release, “regardless of divisions of class, race, religion and culture.”

“We have been presenting public art for over a decade and it is rare to come across a project with the ability to reach millions of people in such a short time,” APF co-founders Doreen Remen and Yvonne Force Villareal said in the release. “Mattern’s ‘Global Rainbow, After the Storm’ inspired us with its call to action and inspiring vision of solidarity.”

Mattern, who has presented her “Global Rainbow” installation before including in Nantes, France, and Whitley Bay, U.K., is currently embroiled in a legal battle with former Warhol superstar Ultra Violet over the latter’s use of lasers in a project in Miami.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Image: Global Rainbow being shone southwards of St. Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay, UK, 2012; courtesy the artist, Art Production Fund.)