Photographer's Note

‘Kortrijk - The rainbow is a bridge between everyone and everything’

When I was recently in Kortrijk, the international art project ‘Paradise Kortrijk 2021’ took place.
It was the project's second triennial. On display until October 24, 2021.
'Paradise Kortrijk 2021' focuses on the utopian dream of paradise, with a range of interpretations of that concept.
The project draws inspiration from our spirit of the age. It’s a reaction to our current environment, which sometimes seems miles away from a hopeful, positive and utopian environment.


One of the most colourful works was ‘Your age and my age and the age of the rainbow’, a work of Ugo Rondinone, a New York-based, Swiss-born mixed-media artist, born in 1964 and noted for a range of contemporary paintings and sculptures.

According to the artist the rainbow is a bridge between everyone and everything.

The 50 meter long structure supports hundreds of images of rainbows painted on plywood panels by children, aged six to twelve.
Assisted by the city of Kortrijk, Ugo Rondinone managed to engage more than 900 primary school children from the Kortrijk region for this project.

The participatory artwork is also a poetic project full of emotion and hope.
The children from seventeen organisations and schools painted rainbows that together formed the largest rainbow painting ever.
In these times of global division and inaccessibility, Ugo Rondinone takes an open and generous ethical stance. The artist tries to restore our belief in the magic of the moment and the human essence of contemporary art.

The 50 meter long structure has paintings on both sides.
Materials: birch plywood, acrylic paint, pencil, water-repellent protection, steel, variable dimensions.

Two more pictures in the WS.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6552 W: 22 N: 15419] (60866)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2021-09-07
  • Exposure: 30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2021-09-26 21:35
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