The Rainbow Effect
You only have to check out the Brighton Rainbow Crossing Forever page on Facebook to see how the rainbow has enchanted visitors and local people of all ages and persuasions. I should know as an exhibiting resident artist at JAG Gallery from the view outside my painting studio, I’ve seen the rainbow working its magic. It’s made Madeira Drive come alive rather than being treated as a car park.
Though not officially a crossing, as a piece of public ‘street’ art it encourages pedestrians to stop, look and listen and motorists to slow down, creating a traffic calming effect and rather magical effect. The rainbow effect on both visitors and locals to the area is a joy to see.
This truly is a piece of public art at street level, the rainbow has enchanted locals from all walks of life, groups and persuasions seen posing, performing and most of all, smiling somewhere over the rainbow.
Perhaps it’s time to develop this area. From Charleston to Morris dancing, bikers and beatniks. The rainbow’s proved to be a hit symbol of solidarity that reaches beyond Pride. Brighton and Hove city council wont solve the crossword by washing away the rainbow; I think we can safely say those who’ve seen the rainbow effect this past week would like to keep making Brighton safer, as well as brighter.
Call me a hippy but whatever happened to rainbow warriors and CND symbol of peace? Other cities have grown to love this type of rainbow and realise its many benefits, while the creators have been granted permissions
Photographs courtesy of Andrew Roach of www.roachphotography.co.uk (please credit)
The rainbow – due for eradication by Brighton & Hove council on [16th June at 5am] – stretches across Madeira Drive from the artist’s quarter. It was created by Heather Peace, Zeezee TwentyTwo, Cassette Lord, Inky Biscuits Ltd, Caia Matheson, Sonia Canals, Julieanne Gilburt, Jag Gallery resident and local artists.
JAG Gallery artists contact details: Click on name for link to website