Wouldn’t it be great to create your own rainbow in the sky? Well, one clever professor has done this. Michael McKean, of the Virginia CommonWealth University, has invented his own solar-powered rainbow machine. McKean has spent the last 8 years working on his invention, a bona fide rainbow-making machine. Some might wonder why the professor-turned-rainbow-maker would go to all the trouble to produce the colorful phenomena when nature displays them for free — but McKean insists he’s expecting no pot of gold.
Inhabitat offers more detailed report on “The Rainbow Project“:
McKean, a former resident at the Bemis Center and now a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been conducting tests on rainbow creation since 2002. The Bemis Center commissioned McKean to perform this site-specific installation at their facility this summer in hopes of capturing the public’s imagination and engaging the center in wide-ranging conversations with communities throughout Omaha.
The Rainbow Project uses a series of high-powered jet pumps and custom fountain nozzles to spray water into the air, creating the conditions needed for a rainbow to appear. The commercial irrigation equipment is timed in order to create a dense wall of water that mimics a rainstorm, and the sun does the rest of the work.
Beginning next June, McKean is intent on dispensing rainbows to the public, free of charge, twice a day for 15 minutes at a time.
Via Revista Galileu