Rainbow, a public art installation by American artist Tony Tasset, rises 94 feet above Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City and is visible from vantage points as far away as several miles. Spanning 188 feet from end to end and situated just beyond the Madison Street entrance to the studio’s historic lot, Rainbow is a multi-colored steel arc 188 feet across. Carefully engineered and designed to the challenge of making an object to represent an ephemeral phenomenon, the 100,000 pound steel truss is elegantly clad in an aluminum skin painted with spectrum of colors.
Rainbow was commissioned by Sony Pictures Entertainment in accordance with the City of Culver City’s Art in Public Places Program requirement. The 1% for Art requirement was aligned with the studio’s development project consisting of a parking structure and two office buildings, which were awarded with LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. For the concept of Rainbow, Tasset was inspired by multiple factors including rainbows as a symbol for imagination and optimism.
The work also references THE WIZARD OF OZ, which was filmed on the former MGM lot (now Sony Pictures Studios) in Culver City in the late 1930s. “I watched a lot of old movies on television as a kid back in the 70’s, so when I had an opportunity to make a work for this historic lot I just had to honor THE WIZARD OF OZ,” said Tasset. “At 94 feet, Rainbow may not be a modest piece, but its goal is modest. I simply want to add a little color to the lives of the everyday commuter or visitor to Culver City who passes by Sony Pictures.”
In addition to Rainbow saluting the specific history of its immediate location, it also addresses another heralded facet of Los Angeles’ cultural life, the “Light and Space” movement first articulated in Los Angeles in the 1960s.
Working closely with Culver City’s Community Development and Cultural Affairs staff on the approval processes, Sony Pictures Entertainment commissioned the sculpture to affirm the studio’s commitment to the city and celebrate the history of entertainment, Culver City and the studio lot.
Rainbow was unveiled in October 2012. For visitors interested in an up-close look at the area’s most colorful new photo-op, Sony Pictures’ long-running studio tour program is open to the public, with tickets available at http://www.sonypicturesstudiostours.com.
“I simply want to add a little color to the lives of the everyday commuter or visitor to Culver City who passes by Sony Pictures.”
DID YOU KNOW?
HEIGHT: 94 feet
LENGTH, END TO END: 188 feet
LINEAR LENGTH: 295 feet
LONGEST SIDE PANEL WIDTH: 10 feet
WEIGHT OF STRUCTURAL STEEL: Over 100,000 lbs.
SURFACE AREA OF ALUMINUM PANELS: 7,760 square feet
NUMBER OF INDIVIDUAL PANELS: 648
QUANTITY OF PAINT AND PRIMER USED ON PANELS: 163 gallons
QUANTITY OF FASTENERS HOLDING PANELS IN PLACE: 15,120
SIZE OF CRANES USED TO LIFT LONGEST SECTION: Two 300 ton capacity
NUMBER OF SUPPORT TRUCKS TO SET UP CRANKES: 10
NUMBER OF PEOPLE INVOLVED IN FABRICATION AND INSTALLATION: 115