Rainbow City is an installation of 35 inflated characters soaring as high as 50 feet, with bounce houses and bouncing costume characters that will open The Common Park on October 26, 2019. Academy Award-winning animation artist and filmmaker William Joyce will direct the project with the help of two Los Angeles artist friends, fine art collaborative FriendsWithYou team Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III, and professional northwest Louisiana artists.
Rainbow City will be completely interactive for a dynamic public experience. The installation will be open daily for six weeks during which time school students, afterschool program groups, churches, daycare centers, book clubs, college art departments, and "everyone" will tour and engage the experience.
Working collectively as FriendsWithYou since 2002, Borkson and Sandoval have a mission to spread the positive message of Magic, Luck, and Friendship. They are known for immersive installations and interactive artworks, inviting viewers of their work to reconnect with and reinterpret their lives through communal experiences.