Like all of us out there, I’m doing my best to stay home and stay safe – but whenever I do go for a walk with my dog as part of our daily exercise, our favourite thing to do is rainbow spotting!
Rainbows are popping up everywhere, and thanks to the Facebook group (Chase The Rainbow) and Twitter hashtag (#chasetherainbow), people of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds are getting involved by creating their own rainbows and placing them in their windows for passers-by to see and bring smiles to their faces.
I always enjoy challenges like this, simply because they can be approached in any way, with any materials and any ability. Everyone is included and it brings people together in a profound way – nothing else could have this impact.
It has definitely made me stop and think, and I believe these times have brought us all to a point where we have to look at ourselves, our lives and those in our communities. What is really important? For the past three weeks, I’ve been living my life without wandering into town, going to the gym or working late, and instead I have been able to appreciate everything that is truly important; my family, the people around me and the obstacles they have to overcome.
When our normal pace of life slows and we have such restrictions place upon us, we are also given a rare opportunity to be able to good look at ourselves and empathise with others.
“The essence of being human is being creative” – Joel Garreau
The power of art, and the ability to create art, is in all of us. After all, art can be anything that is created with passion, and when we all work together towards a common goal, we create a strength and power like no other – we are all in this together.
Symbols have often been used to mark events through history; they act as a strong visual reminder that people are all tied together, are hearts beat the same and we can all support one another in times of difficulty.
Anybody who visits the Freedom Tower in New York City is likely to see dozens of white roses dotted around the 9/11 Memorial, symbolising that the world keeps moving even in the face of sadness; the flowers blossom every spring, and the sun always rises – even from the darkest night.
Another example is the Manchester worker bee, symbolising the city’s hard-working past. The symbol of the bee is now also used to honour the victims of the devastating Manchester Arena bombing.
I don’t think there could be a more beautiful symbol of the times we live in today than a rainbow; it’s a symbol of diversity, respect and hope.
The rainbows we present in our windows remind us that we are together despite isolation and there are better days ahead, and in doing so, they bring a smile to the faces of those in self-isolation and spread positivity amongst our communities.
There is no artistic ability required to take part, and by joining this activity, we are creating unity and strength in uncertain times.
The power of art!
If you haven’t made one yet – make sure you do, we are all in this together!