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Published: November 26, 2021 | Updated: November 27, 2021

Global Rainbow is declared a ‘shining success’ for the BCP region as thousands share online 

The seven lasers are projected from the top of Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts,
By Andrew Diprose, editor

A laser display called Global Rainbow which lit up the night sky over Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch for three nights has been declared a ‘shining success’ for the BCP region. 

American artist Yvette Mattern’s renowned light art installation was hosted by Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, as a beacon of hope for the future and a signal of the venue’s resilience as it builds back from the dark days of the pandemic. 

The large-scale public art light installation beamed seven rays of laser light to represent the colour spectrum of a natural rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet – and create a natural perspective horizon arc, like that of a rainbow. 

Tim Colegate, Head of Programming at Lighthouse, pictured left, said: “As an expression of optimism and a signal of the way forward, Global Rainbow has been a shining success.

“Thanks to funding from BCP Council with the support of the Garfield Weston Foundation and Poole BID, as well as sponsorship from HSBC UK, we have been able to host a dramatic and entirely positive cultural experience that focuses on how the arts can give us all a lift. 

“The community has responded in the most amazing and creative way, sharing photos and stories on social media in their thousands.” 

In the five days from the first test transmissions on Wednesday November 17, Lighthouse reported its Facebook page likes had rocketed by more than 700 per cent and views of its Facebook page were up by more than 500 per cent, reaching well over 140,000 people. 

Global Rainbow made the news on BBC TV and radio, even attracting reports of ‘unexplained lights in the sky’ from the Isle of Wight.

A competition to photograph the laser lights the furthest from Poole was won by a social media follower on the Isle of Wight who will receive four tickets to see this year’s family pantomime at Lighthouse, Beauty and the Beast. 

Global Rainbow has been seen previously in major cities including London, New York, Berlin, Tokyo and Toronto.

It was hosted by Lighthouse as part of its autumn reopening programme, helping to keep a spotlight on Poole in the lead up to Christmas when Lighthouse will be producing a family pantomime, Beauty and the Beast, in-house for the first time in a generation.