“According to the Bible, after the universal rain Elohim said to Noah, referring to the rainbow, ‘This is a signal of the alliance I have established between myself and any creature that inhabits the Earth’. In all cultures, even in the most primitive ones, the rainbow has had and continues to have many meanings, all of them related to hope and wellbeing. It is an international symbol that needs few explanations; it is an optical, immaterial phenomenon. Very rarely can you see a double rainbow, and whoever sees one feels lucky. ‘Building’ a rainbow, then, symbolises the desire for a better world, materialising this alliance in a permanent way. For all of these reasons, it is an indispensable element in a celebration that strives to involve ‘all creatures that inhabit the city’. And, paradox of paradoxes, we want to illuminate the night so it becomes day once again.” (José Miguel de Prada Poole)
José Miguel de Prada Poole (1938, Valladolid) holds a PhD in architecture and is a professor of Design at ETSAM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid). He graduated from ETSAM in 1965 and earned his PhD in 1978 with a thesis for which he had to wait two years to assemble a committee that was deemed competent to evaluate it.
After more than 20,000 hours of professional work and over 40,000 hours of studying the most useful, useless, esoteric and abstruse subjects, as Prada Poole himself states he is still mired in ignorance about the dark and unfathomable meanings hidden under the words architecture, space, proportion, beauty, perfection or any of the relevant so-called artistic disciplines, even though he talks about them continuously with the most outrageous aplomb (and the apparently fluency and confidence of the ignorant, which also means that he knows what others do not know).