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We will be creating an LED "Rainbow" in the skies of New Mexico off Route 66 that is visible only at night.

In the dusty darkness of the New Mexico night, light floats through the night air: an ethereal rainbow emanating from the desert floor. Along a remote frontage road of highway I-40, amidst giant billboards and undeveloped land parcels, artist Travis Somerville’s light installation, Rainbow Warrior, will transform a ubiquitous plot of desert into an experience of immaterial mirage. Rainbow Warrior will be an evocative, solar-powered light installation in the expansive desert near Moriarty, New Mexico. Comprised of solar panels and LED lights, the piece will be self-sustaining: by day gathering energy, by night forming an arc of light. Low-impact and self-contained, the system will be buried in the ground so that the only effect is light and color in the atmosphere. An inverted sun pillar in the landscape, Rainbow Warrior will evoke the atmospheric optics of the desert phenomenon virga, caused by precipitation evaporating before it hits the ground. Somerville’s installation, coming from the Earth rather than the clouds, will be ethereal, malleable and responsive to the larger environment it inhabits: transformed by dust particles, wind, sun and snow. When Somerville was approached by the community arts organization Earthbound Moon to create a permanent installation, he began an investigation into the history of the land, wanting the work to be site-responsive conceptually, not just physically. Excavating the past through stories and iconography is central in Somerville’s work, so the artist searched for a genuine connection with the surrounding community. Uncovering the legend Warriors of the Rainbow, told across generations and tribes of Native Americans, Somerville had found his root. Warriors of the Rainbow is a prophecy about those who will save the Earth from environmental destruction. “Keepers of legends, stories, and cultural rituals,” these warriors are promised to restore purity to the Earth and justice to Mankind, ending the current state of environmental destruction. The Warriors of the Rainbow legend is a historic cache of culture, heritage and faith for the Native American community. Somerville’s Rainbow Warrior, like the legend itself, is a work that comes out of the Earth to tell the story of the Earth. The installation speaks to an universal concern of environmentalism through the lens of the Native American community. The installation will be created in collaboration with Dan Dodt and Earthbound Moon founders Alex Clausen, Amy Sampson, Carson Murdach, Lee Sparks Pembleton, Libby Reed, and Jon Whitfill. As a site-and-community engaged project, Travis Somerville’s Rainbow Warrior is responsive in the purest way, inextricably linking environment, community and art. Ephemera for the bleary-eyed truckers, and for seeking art-enthusiasts.

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Eathbound Moon project with Heide Hove in Bledsoe, TX 2011
Eathbound Moon project with Heide Hove in Bledsoe, TX 2011
Preliminary sketches and design
Preliminary sketches and design
Preliminary sketches and design
Preliminary sketches and design
Staten Island Ferry project John Roloff, Werner Klotz 2005-07, Dan Dodt lighting sequence
Staten Island Ferry project John Roloff, Werner Klotz 2005-07, Dan Dodt lighting sequence
James Turrell Stonescape project 2007-present, Dan Dodt lighting
James Turrell Stonescape project 2007-present, Dan Dodt lighting
Travis Somerville oil on photo (this is an image example for the digital print edition)
Travis Somerville oil on photo (this is an image example for the digital print edition)
Travis Somerville  pencil on paper 2009
Travis Somerville pencil on paper 2009
Travis Somerville acrylic on paper 2009
Travis Somerville acrylic on paper 2009
Travis Somerville oil on canvas 2013
Travis Somerville oil on canvas 2013
Travis Somerville previous installation, "1963"Otis College of Art and Design 2009
Travis Somerville previous installation, "1963"Otis College of Art and Design 2009

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We will be installing the project beginning the week of October 12th and hope to have it completed and up and running by October 22nd 2013 weather permitting. We have planned this out with minimal risks other than having to deal with the natural elements. The device itself will be built off site in San Francisco and trucked out to Moriarty, NM.

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    Anyone who pledges 25.00 will have their name hand written by the artist Travis Somerville on the inside of the project container that will be buried in the desert as well as a thank you on Twitter and Facebook.

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    You will receive a copy of the Earthbound Moon book signed by the artist. The book includes past EbM projects you will get the new edition which will feature the Warriors of the Rainbow project. You will also get your name handwritten by the artist on the inside of the container and a thank you on Twitter and Facebook.

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    For 100.00 you will receive a limited edition 5 x 7 inch digital print by the artist created specifically for this project. The image will be determined at a later date but you can scroll down to see an example. You will also get your name handwritten by the artist on the inside of the container and a thank you on Twitter ans Facebook.

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    For 150.00 you will receive a limited edition 8 x 10 inch digital print by the artist created specifically for this project. The image will be determined at a later date but you can scroll down to see an example. You will also get your name handwritten by the artist on the inside of the container and a thank you on Twitter ans Facebook.

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    For a 200.00 pledge you will receive an original graphite on paper 8 x 10 inch drawing by the artist. Image will be determined at a later date but you can scroll down and see examples of previous work. You will also get your name handwritten by the artist on the inside of the container and a thank you on Twitter and Facebook.

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    By pledging 250.00 you will receive an original 8 x 10 acrylic on paper painting by the artist valued at 600.00. Image to be determined at a later date. Scroll down to see examples of previous work. You will also get your name handwritten by the artist on the inside of the container and a thank you on Twitter and Facebook.

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    By pledging 500.00 you will receive an original 22x 30 acrylic on paper painting by the artist valued at 1200.00. Image to be determined at a later date. Scroll down to see examples of previous work You will also get your name handwritten by the artist on the inside of the container and a thank you on Twitter and Facebook.

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    By pledging 1000.00 you will receive an original 22x 30 pencil on paper drawing by the artist of a political and/or historical portrait of YOUR CHOICE! Valued at 1500.00. Scroll down to see examples of previous work. You will also get your name handwritten by the artist on the inside of the container and a thank you on Twitter and Facebook.

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    By pledging 2000.00 you will receive an original 22x 30 inch oil on canvas painting by the artist valued at 4000.00. Image to be determined at a later date. Scroll down to see examples of previous work. You will also get your name handwritten by the artist on the inside of the container and a thank you on Twitter and Facebook.

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    By pledging 3000.00 you will receive an original 32x 40 oil on canvas painting by the artist valued at 6000.00. Image to be determined at a later date. Scroll down to see examples of previous work. You will also get your name handwritten by the artist on the inside of the container and a thank you on Twitter and Facebook.

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    By pledging 5000.00 you will receive an original 40 x 60 inch oil on canvas painting by the artist valued at 12000.00. Image to be determined at a later date. Scroll down to see examples of previous work. You will also get your name handwritten by the artist on the inside of the container and a thank you on Twitter and Facebook.

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    For a pledge of 10,000.00 you will receive an invitation to view the "Warriors of the Rainbow" live in New Mexico with Dan Dodt and Travis Somerville. Value: PRICELESS. Airfare and accommodations included. Dates to be determined.Travel within the US only. You will also get your name handwritten by the artist on the inside of the container and a HUGE thank you on Twitter and Facebook.

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