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The Unbreakable Rainbow

Industry: Retail & Distribution
Style: Minimalism
Why is this work relevant for Brand Experience & Activation?

For Ben&Jerry's, a socially responsible company that supports LGBT communities for 40 years, we organised an unprecedented event of restoring the rainbow installation that aroused numerous controversies of right-wing and nationalist circles. The original one was set on fire and rebuilt seven times. This time we made it unbreakable - as a water-light hologram on the square in the centre of Warsaw to show brand's support for the LGBT community.


In 2012 a giant rainbow sculpture appeared in Saviour Square in Warsaw. It triggered hate among opponents of LGBT rights despite its joyful purpose. Set on fire and rebuilt seven times it raised nationwide controversies until it was removed permanently in 2015, only to become a tragic reminder of Poland’s homophobic issues. Ben & Jerry’s and NGO partners decided to reinstall it. This time as a water-light hologram, making it an unbreakable symbol of love.

Describe the creative idea (20% of vote)

Poland is the 2nd most homophobic country in the EU. The goal of the event organized the day before the Equality Parade in Warsaw was to support the LGBT community and to increase interest in the subject of marital equality. Ben&Jerry's and NGOs strive to ensure an equal right to marry for everyone until 2025. We encouraged participants to share their support together with the photos taken under the unbreakable rainbow.

The rainbow event’s tagline was Love is love - every love is equal and just as important. Similarly, the rainbow is simply a rainbow, not a tool of provocation or propaganda. We wanted the restored rainbow to be indestructible this time. In reference to previous arsons, we decided to use water to make it fireproof. This is how we came up with the idea of a hologram rainbow on a water curtain.

Describe the strategy (20% of vote)

We aimed our event for LGBT supporters as well as Warsaw residents who miss the old rainbow installation. Moreover, we wanted to raise awareness for the equal marital rights for everyone.

We used social media (fb and instagram) and PR for communication. We invited influencers, politicians and artists sympathetic to the LGBT community to participate. Despite a large number of people involved, the event had been kept secret until almost the last moment - we wanted to avoid the repercussions of national environments.

Describe the execution (30% of vote)

In social media we informed about being a Partner of the Equality Parade, and in the week preceding the projection we teased the rainbow event, not revealing its form.
The day before the screening, we organized a press breakfast for selected journalists to present the brand's cooperation with NGOs and present the design of the installation.
On the day of the event, we published a public invitation in social media, reported live streaming and encouraged participants to share their photos.

We have restored the rainbow in the original place and the original size. This time in an unbreakable version - as a water-light hologram. Ben&Jerry’s decided not to brand the rainbow. Throughout the evening, participants were treated to Ben&Jerry's ice cream though, but the cups had the logos of all the organizers of the event: Love Does Not Exclude Association, Parada Równosci (Equality Parade) Foundation and Ben&Jerry's.

List the results (30% of vote)

The return of the rainbow was reported not only by local media, but also by international ones, among others: The Washington Post, The Telegraph, China Post, The Guardian, Campaign, Attitude,, Metro UK, Fox News, MS NBC. British actor and comedian James Corden and German deputy to European Parliament Terry Reintke also mentioned it in their social media. The discussion about equal martial rights flared up, Wysokie Obcasy, a weekly influential magazine broadcasted an issue with NGOs’ and brand’s representatives on its rainbow cover.
The number of publications in the media and social networks has exceeded 65,600 (most of them are posts by individual users in social media) and the majority are positive. The total reach of the publication is 47.5 million, and the number of love reactions in social media - 355k.
Production Company:
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2019
Silver Design
Live Events
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2019
Silver Media
Use of Ambient Media: Large Scale
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2019
Bronze Brand Experience & Activation
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) / Corporate Image
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2019
Bronze Brand Experience & Activation
Social Behaviour & Cultural Insight
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2019
Bronze PR
Use of Events & Stunts
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2019
Shortlist Design
Spatial & Sculptural Exhibitions and Experiences
D&AD 2019
Wood Pencil Spatial Design
Installation Design
D&AD 2019
Shortlist Creativity for Good
Advertising /Brand
D&AD 2019
Shortlist Media
Use of Events and Stunts
The One Show 2019
Bronze Pencil Cultural Driver
Cultural Driver
The One Show 2019
Bronze Pencil Experiential & Immersive
Spaces & Immersive / Brand Installations
The One Show 2019
Merit Print & Outdoor
Out-of-Home / Experiential & Installations - Single
The One Show 2019
Merit Public Relations
Events & Experiential
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