Reykjavík residents will soon be able to enjoy a permanent rainbow, regardless of the weather. RÚV reports that Reykjavík City Council approved a motion yesterday to paint a permanent rainbow at a yet-undetermined location in the city centre. A temporary rainbow has been painted – and removed – for several years as part of the annual Reykjavík Pride celebrations in August.
Gunnlaugur Bragi Björnsson, a substitute city councillor for the Reform Party and director of Reykjavík Pride, put forth the proposal, which was approved unanimously by the council. The Environment and Planning Committee of the City of Reykjavík will be responsible for proposing the location of the rainbow and its design.
In recent years, temporary rainbows have been painted on Skólavörðustígur street, in front of the City Hall, and on the steps of junior college Mentaskólinn í Reykjavík (pictured above). Those rainbows were all painted in August and removed at the close of the Pride festival. “This is really a similar implementation,” says Gunnlaugur, “except that it’s permanent and won’t be washed off unless it finds a home somewhere else at some point.”
Gunnlaugur says the inspiration to paint a permanent rainbow comes from abroad. “This has been done around the world. In the US and Canada and Australia. In Paris it was done in response to when a temporary rainbow for their Pride celebrations was destroyed in some act of homophobia. The city authorities’ answer to that was to make it permanent.”