Rainbows are one of those little wonders in life that you can’t help but admire, and smile at. Perhaps it’s their rarity that contributes to this factor. Sure, you can produce small ones with the right conditions, but ones like you see after a rainstorm aren’t so easy. Well, at least for most people. Artist Michael Jones McKean, however, seems to have figured it out.
He has been working for several years to create a machine that can not only produce large-scale rainbows, but also doesn’t require any conventional power source. He’s been successful in his attempt, making small ones in parking lots, and even over his studio. The machine is solar-powered and uses only reclaimed water and sunlight to work. Starting in June he will have an installation at the Bermis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska. There he will be producing his largest rainbows yet. We can only hope that he’ll one day figure out how to create the awe-inspiring double rainbow.