“'When we see a rainbow we're witnessing a fixed, visual constant that races toward us through millions, billions of years of earthbound time. It is an image that exists simultaneously as a here-and-now event, but also as an ancient thing — our ancestors saw this identical color band in the sky. It's an image burned into our collective being. For me, this artwork is not about spectacle; it's about building a constellation of delicate metaphors about time, image, material, the earth and people.'”


— Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank LINK




“Rainbows never lose their magical ability to make us look up in wonder and delight. In that first unguarded glimpse, it slips into that part of our heart, no matter how tiny, that is always five years old.”


— International Sculpture Center Blog LINK




“Michael Jones McKean's project The Rainbow: Principles of Light and Shapes Between Forms has achieved the phenomenological triumph of creating manmade colorful arcs in the sky.”


— Juxtapoz Magazine LINK




“Temporary, delicate, silent; all adjectives used to describe the rainbow... The application of these qualities to an immense logistical and experiential public art project is a major part of what gives The Rainbow its punch. There's little doubt that McKean's project should be considered monumental in nearly every regard, though without the bulky steel and stone machismo typical of most public art. On the whole his work refuses to occupy a single point in time or space, blurring the boundaries between the ancient and the contemporary as it rubs out familiar time scales. The Rainbow, as a symbol and project, succinctly embodies these ideas, embracing impermanence and poetry on the most monumental of scales. ”


— ... might be good | Eric Zimmerman LINK




“'When people experience the rainbow for the first time,' McGraw said, 'there is an immediate sense of wonder and amazement that this is possible, and that amazement deepens as you start to consider the complexities required to realize the project.'”


— Omaha World Herald | Sarah Baker Hansen




“The large-scale installation now in place at the Bemis Center can collect as much as 8,000 gallons from an inch of rain. 'If we can collect this much from our little roof,' said Exhibitions Assistant Alex Priest, 'you kind of ask why isn't this more common?'”


— Silicon Prairie News | Chris Wolfgang





“Whether a majestic arch in the sky that appears after a spring shower or a small, homespun rainbow created with a garden hose on a sunny day, a rainbow operates as an egalitarian and borderless phenomena.”


— Discovery News LINK




“The project is the concept of Micronesia-born artist Michael Jones McKean, who was inspired by an installation he worked on where he inadvertently created a rainbow. 'So in about 2008, we asked Michael if it was possible to present this work publicly, he'd never done so before,' McGraw said. 'Michael sent back a very small sketch and wrote on the sketch, 'Anything is possible.'”


— KVNO News | Robyn Wisch LINK




“College professor and artist Michael Jones McKean made a [system] that generates two-story rainbows with the flip of a switch.”


— Swiss Miss | Tina Roth Eisenberg LINK




“According to the artist, these colorful displays of his are meant to provide the viewer with "an egalitarian visual experience" and the rainbow—manmade or natural—continues to connect and uplift spirits. ”


— Design Taxi LINK




“Part of the beauty of a rainbow is that you never know where one will appear. But what if you could create a rainbow on demand? That's the premise behind The Rainbow: Certain Principles of Life and Shapes Between Forms, a public artwork exhibit that ran throughout the summer at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Neb.”


— Nursery Management | Matt McClellan  LINK

“Micronesia-born and USA-based artist Michael Jones McKean's 'The Rainbow: Certain Principles of Light and Shapes Between Forms' is an investigation into the phenomenal vision of prismatic rainbow across the sky.”


— Design Boom LINK




“... nozzles activate, producing a wall of water from which the rainbow emerges—each one a unique creation with variations based on the time of day and the position of the sun.”


— Architectural Digest




“Artist Michael Jones McKean conjured an actual rainbow. The Rainbow: Principles of Light and Shapes Between Forms project runs on renewable energy. It uses collected rainwater and a system of tanks and pressurized nozzles to mist up a perfect, DIY rainbow over the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska.”


— Flavorwire LINK




“'... the rainbow is actually our oldest image — it's an image that has been unchanged throughout time. As long as there has been a sun and water and an eye, that arc has been a constant. There's a dynamic between that constant, unchanged image and this extremely ephemeral phenomena.'”


— Hyperallergic | Jillian Steinhauer LINK



“'The Rainbow is a work of large ambition,' McGraw said, 'both within the context of Michael's career and within Bemis Center's' history as a presenting organization... Michael is working at the forefront of his discipline and that's where we want to be — in a position to support adventurous projects of international caliber and to advance the dialogue about contemporary art in our community.'”


— The Reader | Michael J. Krainak



“McKean admits that while certain elements of the weather are out of his control, rainbows operate according to very predictable principles — from basic geometry and sight lines to the tilt and spin of the planet on its axis. 'But even though these parts can be relied on and are known,' McKean says, 'the result still feels like magic.'”


— Surface | James Gaddy  LINK




“"There are variations in the hue and intensity of the rainbow that are related to the water drop size and density," Zehnder explains. "The drop sizes need to be sufficiently large in order for the internal reflection and refraction of sunlight to occur. Scattering from smaller drops is the wavelength independent Mie scattering so the color separation doesn't occur."”


— The Front Page LINK




“The Rainbow represents extraordinary cross-disciplinary collaboration. Irrigation and rainwater harvesting experts from Omaha-based Lindsay Corporation, structural and mechanical engineers, atmospheric scientists and Bemis Center staff have joined artist Michael Jones McKean in creating a wholly integrated system for this site-specific, temporary public artwork and exhibition.”


— Art Daily LINK




“The Rainbow will create simple, but phenomenal visual events — rainbows in the sky. Twice per day with clear sun, for 20 minutes each, a rainbow will appear above the Bemis Center's roof in downtown Omaha. The rainbows will be created using sunlight, renewable energy and 100% captured rainwater.”


— 2Modern Blog LINK




“There are few things that everyone can agree upon, though one thing's for certain — everybody loves the sight of a big, majestic rainbow arcing through the sky. But now, thanks to one clever professor, those colorful bands of light are even more accessible. Michael Jones McKean, of the Virginia Commonwealth University, has spent the last 8 years working on his invention — a bona fide rainbow-making machine.”


— Treehugger | Stephen Messenger LINK




“I find the project noteworthy in its ambition, its environmental ethos, and because rainbows draw out the best in people – that je ne sais quoi factor!”


— Art of Scientia