Global Rainbow at Scrabo Tower

by Yvette Mattern. 14 - 17 March 2012

Strange lights appeared in the night skies over Newtownards during St. Patrick’s weekend 2012.

A stunning laser projection artwork, Global Rainbow, was beamed from Scrabo Tower in Newtownards towards Donaghadee.

The event officially opened the Cultural Olympiad in Northern Ireland marking 100 days to go to the opening of the London 2012 Festival.

‘Global Rainbow’ is a large scale, spectacular outdoor laser projection that consists of seven parallel beams of high specification laser light, representing the spectrum of the traditional seven colours of the rainbow.  When switched on, the colourful rays can be seen for up to 60 kilometres.

Starting on 14 March and ending on St Patrick’s Day, 17 March 2012, the lasers were projected from the base of the landmark site of Scrabo Tower, in Northern Ireland, from where it passed over Newtownards, along the picturesque eastern shore of Strangford Lough and on, over the Ards Peninsula.

The large-scale outdoor laser projection was created by American artist Yvette Mattern.

Northern Ireland is a dream destination for me,’ Mattern says. ‘I was very happy to be invited to show the Global Rainbow here. Scrabo Tower is a stunning monument and allows for an amazing trajectory along Strangford Lough.’


Address: Scrabo Tower, Scrabo Country Park, 203A Scrabo Road, Newtownards BT23 4SJ

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