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HSBC UK backs Global Rainbow light art installation at Lighthouse

Posted on: 29/09/2021

Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, is delighted to welcome HSBC UK as an official partner in The Global Rainbow when the unique light artwork is beamed across the coastal region in November. 

A beacon for creativity and entertainment for more than 40 years, Lighthouse is hosting the artwork to signal its resilience and re-emergence from the dark days of the pandemic. 

Thanks to funding from BCP Council and supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation, Poole BID, and HSBC UK, Lighthouse will host the projection of American artist Yvette Mattern’s stunning The Global Rainbow over Poole and eastwards towards Hengistbury Head.  

After dark on Thursday 18, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 November the artwork will illuminate the community and symbolise not only the restart of a major arts organisation, but also become a visual beacon of hope across Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch. 

Rachel E Hill, Local Director HSBC UK Bournemouth & West Dorset, HSBC UK, said: “I am extremely proud that we have been able to support The Global Rainbow. I hope that it brings the local community together to not only see something so spectacular but also to show our commitment to the local market, businesses and the wider community.” 

The Global Rainbow is a large-scale public art light installation that beams 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. 

Depending on the weather conditions its trajectory, or viewing spectrum, is up to 60km meaning it should be visible from as far afield as Winchester and Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. 

It has been seen previously in major cities including London, New York, Berlin, Tokyo and Toronto, and is part of the autumn reopening programme at Lighthouse helping to keep a spotlight on Poole by filling the gap between summer events and 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. 

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