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Global Rainbow lights up the sky of North Tyneside, marking the start of the North East Cultural Olympiad celebrations in 2012

  • Date: 7 March 2012
  • Area: North

Credit: Mark Pinder

The North Tyneside coastline played host to a stunning, large-scale public artwork, not only for the first time in the UK, but also as an artistic launch for the final year of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad for the North East.

Global Rainbow, from New York and Berlin based artist Yvette Mattern, is a laser rainbow, which was projected across miles of England's North East coastline. The lasers were based next to St. Mary's Lighthouse North of Whitley Bay and together they formed a brilliant night-time rainbow, visible miles down the coastline to South Shields and beyond. There were even confirmed sightings 60 miles away in North Yorkshire.

Global Rainbow is produced by amino, a contemporary arts production agency based in Newcastle upon Tyne, with support from Arts Council England through our National Lottery funded Grants for the arts scheme. Global Rainbow in the north east has also been supported by North Tyneside Council

After its debut in the North East, Global Rainbow heads to Preston where it will be on display 8 - 11 March, then to Northern Ireland where it can be seen over the Ards Peninsula 14 - 17 March.