App of the Week: Michael Jones McKean’s The Rainbow

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This weekend, a natural phenomenon will occur – except it’s not so natural. Michael Jones McKean, an artist and current professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, will debut his project “The Rainbow: Certain Principles of Light and Shapes Between Forms” today at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska.

McKean’s project creates “a simple, but phenomenal visual event – a rainbow in the sky” using nothing but rainwater and sunlight. To make this rainbow a reality, a “completely self-contained water harvesting and large-scale storage system” was created at the Bemis Center. This storage system includes six 10,500 gallon water tanks, as well as a custom-designed 60-horsepower pump that “supplies pressurized water” to nine nozzles on top of the Bemis Center roof.

The project will create two rainbows every day for 20 minutes each. The exhibition will run this summer, so if you’re in the area, stop by the Bemis Center to see an extraordinary sight. If you can’t make it out, be sure to download Michael Jones McKean’s The Rainbow app powered by Mobile Roadie where you can learn more about the artist, view the rainbow schedule, and more.

To download the app, visit

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