Creator’s Project: Step Through A Bubbling Rainbow

Creator’s Project: Step Through A Bubbling Rainbow

In her work, Anaísa Franco uses technology as a way to give life and emotions to objects.

Creators Project
  • 4 december 2012

“Why can’t everything have life?” says creator Anaísa Franco about her artworks, which use technology as a way to give life and emotions to objects. For example, she’s translated the feeling of frustration with a mirror that virtually breaks into pieces.

In her latest project, Wave of Rainbow, Franco reinvents the rainbow in a public installation at the Hangzhou Xixi National Wetland Park in China. On a bridge over a lake, visitors are faced with a bubbling multicolored translucent semi-tunnel. The piece, developed especially for the Westlake International Invitational Sculpture Exhibition, is made up of 28 acrylic tubes, each one full of water, sensors, air pumps, and LED lights representing the seven main colors in the rainbow. As visitors walk across the bridge, the water inside the iridescent tubes starts bubbling, creating a kind of ‘rainbow wave.’

“The show’s theme was ‘Gazing Between Water and Land,’ at a foothill park by the city. ‘Deep or shallow, the water flows; near and far, the land stands,’ it reads on the brief they sent to me,” Franco said. So we talked a little more about how she translated that idea into Wave of Rainbow.

The Creators Project: Your work usually involves technology to translate emotions, elements of nature, or to give life to objects. In this case, you worked with the idea of the rainbow. What was your motivation? What feelings do you relate to this brief natural phenomenon?
Anaísa Franco: Because the show’s theme was gazing between water and land in a park full of swamps, I thought that working with rainbows would be perfect. It’s an optical, immaterial event that happens when water particles and the light make contact in midair on that threshold between land and water. I was also interested in thinking about waves, that are formed between water and land and transport energy and physics from nature. By combining these two manifestations, Wave of Rainbow was conceived, promoting an experience of passage and poetry to people who hang out at the park.

Technically, what were the challenges in making this piece?
The hardest thing was to work with electricity over water and under the rain. It rained a lot during the assembly and some sensors broke off. The team is still working on the interactivity of colors. For now, the piece activates air bubbles when people walk into the rainbow, but within a week, interaction will be complemented by colors activating when people pass through it.

What was the response from people who’ve experienced it?
The project’s intention was to put some fantasy into visitors’ paths, promoting an experience of harmony between technology and nature. People were delighted by the experience of passing through the bridge over water, walking into the colors of the rainbow, seeing the surroundings through the water bubbles, and the reflection of light on the lake.

Virtually experience Wave of Rainbow in the video below:

Originally published on The Creators Project. Republished with kind permission.


Machine Printer Uses Coffee Drips To Create Intricate Portraits

Arts & Culture
Technology december 2, 2016

Why Nest Doesn't Get The Holidays

PSFK founder reacts to the damaging effects of poor email marketing

Children december 2, 2016

Robots Could Be Joining Dubai’s Police Force In 2017

The real-life RoboCops can salute, shake hands and collect traffic fines


Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Travel december 2, 2016

Parka Hides And Charges Portable Devices

Bolt is a jacket that lets people carry and charge their various electronics without the need for an outlet

Food december 2, 2016

Yelp's New 'Yelfie' Feature Lets Diners Take Selfies

The update is designed to encourage people to attach a selfie when they share their experiences

Design & Architecture december 2, 2016

Build Your Own Savory Cheese Advent Calendar

A British food blogger has created a guide to building a different kind of holiday surprise

Fitness & Sport december 2, 2016

Floating Gym Concept In Paris Is Powered By Your Workout

The proposed design from Carlo Ratti Associati lets passengers ride a stationary bike as they travel through Paris along the Seine River


Future Of Retail 2017
Transformation Strategies For Customer-First Business

PSFK Op-Ed november 22, 2016

Digital Strategist: Why “Big Sensing” Is Key To Retail’s Future

Bud Caddell, Founder of NOBL, shares why the most capable and useful asset in any retail environment is the workforce

PSFK Labs december 1, 2016

Retail Spotlight: Home Depot Reimagines How Employees Conduct Tasks

The home improvement retailer puts the customer first by initiating local fulfillment centers and simplifying freight-to-shelf inventory management

Syndicated december 2, 2016

What Does The Future Of Android Look Like In A World With The Pixel?

Google’s decision to make its own phone might have looked like a blow to the likes of Samsung but the reality is much more interesting

Retail december 2, 2016

Customer Service Expert: Why Offline Retail Has Better Data Than Online Retail

Healey Cypher, Founder and CEO of Oak Labs, shares why we should be thinking about the physical store as an e-commerce site

Fashion december 2, 2016

Alexander McQueen Designs A 3D-Printed Umbrella

3D-printed fashion arrives in time for the winter season

Work december 2, 2016

Why Training Associates To Be Advocates Is Key To Retail Success

In our Future of Retail 2017 report, PSFK Labs discusses strategies to prioritize customer service, which begins with associate advocates

Media & Publishing december 2, 2016

Netflix Creates Binge Candle To Celebrate A New Season Of Gilmore Girls

The streaming service developed a special layered candle that creates candle with episode-specific smells


Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders

Arts & Culture december 2, 2016

Interactive Film Tells A Story About Living With Cancer

A moving song written by a father of a cancer patient comes alive in a 3D environment

Automotive december 2, 2016

Audi And LEGO Exhibit Autonomous Vehicle Installation

The installation at Design Miami explores the 25th hour, which represents bonus productive work or play time

No search results found.