The city of Fort Smith has a new “Rainbow Embassy,” a project created by the Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel, who has worked with Justkids before - for example, by creating kaleidoscopic animal statues for Boston’s waterfront.
The Rainbow Embassy is a “public art intervention” that has taken over an abandoned building in downtown Fort Smith and turned it into an immersive artwork that’s impossible not to notice and brightens up everything around it.
That’s very much the objective of the project within which the Rainbow Embassy was created, called “The Unexpected”. Its aim is to build vibrant spaces in Arkansas, and in this case specifically to “enrich the cityscape and the community” by creating “a space for wonder, vibrancy and play”.
The newly-finished Rainbow Embassy will certainly be very appreciated by its neighbours, the students of local Darby Junior High school. The artist hopes that his work will bring “a touch of imagination into [their] daily lives, as they will get to enjoy the installation and watch it evolve through the seasons”.