28 November 2012

A 35-Mile Rainbow Illuminates New York!

Last night we had quite a heartfelt experience.  A dear friend of ours has stage 4 brain and lung cancer.  We picked her up from the hospital last night, moments after she was told that her cycle of chemo was unsuccessful and that the cancer had spread.  :(  Yet this news did not cause her to miss a beat.  She has all the peace in the world right now.  This dear friend is also from Jamaica...so we listened to Bob Marley all the way home and she had the biggest smile on her face.  And then!  You guys!  We kept seeing this rainbow ahead of us as we drove down Flatbush Avenue!  It kept getting more and more magnificent as we approached the Manhattan Bridge.  We had no idea why it was there, but it was just the most beautiful site and caused a lot of excitement and wonder in the car as we drove along.  We told her it had her name all over it.  She had plans to watch it from her window that evening as she would have the perfect view of it from her home.

I was so thankful for that rainbow last night.  And then today I found out what it's for and I'm even more thankful for it!!!  An amazing artist, Yvette Mattern, has dedicated this 35-mile light installation as a memorial to Sandy victims.  (Read all about it on Co.Exist or HuffPo.)  It was on display last night and will be on again the nights of Nov. 28 & 29.  It's streaming from the High Line towards the storm devastated areas in Brooklyn.  Oh, I love it.  And I love New York.  

“I hope that seeing this beacon in the night sky will provide people with a sense of peace and security in this time of crisis and that it will unify us with its presence so we remember that we are all in this together, regardless of divisions of class, race, religion, and culture.”  - Yvette Mattern
(Amazing photos by Drew Anthony Smith/Fast Company)

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  1. Couldn't possibly love this more.

  2. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. I love this story! The creativity and passion in NYC always has a way of bringing people together. I lived in the city for about 10 years and have since moved away. I will always miss that energy!


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