The West Hollywood rainbow globe lanterns located above Santa Monica Boulevard, between N. Robertson Boulevard and Hancock Avenue, in the heart of WeHo’s Boystown / LGBT Rainbow District, put on a colorful water display last night during the ongoing rainfall. The LED globe lanterns are programmed to change into different colors of the rainbow. This called for an interesting photo series—that is, if you don’t mind getting soaking wet.
The globe lanterns were installed in late December 2019. They are a permanent year-round installation that was inspired by the 2019 LA Pride temporary lights globes that zigzagged up and down Santa Monica Boulevard. They are programmable either as individual lanterns or entire strands of lights, which allows the City of West Hollywood to recognize national events or celebrations that traditionally use signature colors. All lanterns have UV protection to prolong the life and ensure clarity of the shield around the light fixtures. In addition, the lanterns feature easily replaceable fixtures and are custom-made in the United States of commercial-grade construction to withstand the elements for successful permanent exterior installation. The lanterns are engineered to meet the weight and wind-load requirements of existing light poles to which they are attached and are compliant with fire safety regulations. They also stand well against the rain as you can see here.
Illumination for the globes will be set to rotate in rainbow colors in an embrace of the neighborhood’s LGBT community and bars, restaurants, and businesses.
Since its incorporation in 1984, the City of West Hollywood has become one of the most influential cities in the nation in advocating for the rights of LGBT people. The ‘Rainbow District’ in West Hollywood in and around Santa Monica Boulevard has, for decades, been a hub of LGBT businesses and nightlife. The Rainbow district as we know it is going through some major changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.