During Pride, only rainbows matter
posted on 25th Jun 2018 by Veronica Dooley
The iconic rainbow flag has been flying high throughout Dublin to celebrate Pride this month and has become an iconic symbol of the LGBT community. The original flag was created by the late artist Gilbert Baker in 1978. And of course, we all know what each colour represents don’t we? No…well let me save you from googling it – Baker’s original design had eight colours: hot pink stood for sexuality, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for the sun, green for nature, turquoise blue for art, indigo for harmony, and violet for spirit.
Baker called it nature’s flag. “The rainbow is so perfect because it really fits our diversity in terms of race, gender, ages, all of those things. Plus, it’s a natural flag—it’s from the sky!” The man behind the ubiquitous rainbow gay pride flag died last year but his creation will live on for generations to come. Gilbert Baker has now also been honoured with his very own font…check it out at https://www.typewithpride.com
The following artists have also taken their inspiration from nature’s polychromatic colour palette and are renowned for their rainbow art installations.
Mercadante has recently been exploring the still image in a colourful series called the Rainbow Road. He uses long exposure photography to inject these high colour roads into the chilly Connecticut landscapes around him. He also admits that they may have a distant relation to the Mario Kart pathways of his youth. The artist also took the project to the streets of Guatemala, where the local kids got to choose where the roads went.
French artist Mademoiselle Maurice also takes inspiration from the rainbow in her colourfully geometric works to spread her message of peace and love. She has created beautifully evocative origami installations along the urban streets of Paris. The street artist has also paid homage to bees with a similarly styled hexagon meant to represent the honeycomb. Hexagon Rainbow is her tribute to the honey-producing insects whose lives are threatened by environmental and man-made problems.
Emmanuelle Moureaux is a French artist and architect living in Tokyo. Inspired by Japanese traditional spatial elements such as sliding screens she has developed the concept of ‘shikiri’, which literally means ‘dividing space with colours’.
Moureaux uses colour as a medium to compose space. One of her most beautiful installations was created in Japan, entitled ‘Sense of Motion’, where she saturated the space with over 25,000 multicoloured flower motifs that produced new colours as they turned, letting viewers enjoy the installation as they passed through.
Artist Travis Rice creates colourful installations made up from thousands of strips of shredded paper, creating a sense of movement that mimics the natural world. Paper columns cascade from the ceilings like waterfalls, the surfaces rippling like a technicoloured ocean. All crafted with the help of that most common of office appliances – the paper shredder. “The approach is similar to that of the impressionist painter, but the brush stroke has been replaced by individual thin strips of paper that are the resultant product of a mechanical shredder”.
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