Rainbow Warrior 006
Rainbow Warrior by California-based artist Travis Somerville (in collaboration with engineer and designer Dan Dodt) is an underground structure installed outside Moriarty, NM that projects a rainbow only seen at night into the open sky. The work is a response to the history of the site’s land. Referencing the incredibly long amount of time that the Rio Grande has served as a home to human cultures, the work directly addresses the Native American prophecy and legend “Warriors of the Rainbow.” “As keepers of legends, stories, and cultural rituals,” according to Somerville, “these warriors are promised to restore purity to the Earth and justice to mankind, ending the current state of environmental destruction.” The solar-powered, self-sustaining installation uses LED panel lights. Somerville raised $26,000 for the “Rainbow Warriors Legend LED light installation New Mexico” to fund this project.
Travis Somerville was born in 1963 in Atlanta, GA. His large-scale oil paintings on paper mounted to canvas incorporate collage and present images of political and cultural icons associated with the history of the South. His work explores the complexities of racism and serves as a point of departure for discussion about US oppression and colonial attitudes abroad.
Rainbow Warrior was made possible by made possible by The Lab, San Francisco, Arthur Pembleton, Janet Stott and 133 generous sould who gave to the cause. Watch the successful Kickstarter video!
Special thanks to Dan Dodt.