Four Free Illuminate SF Tours You Need to Take This Holiday Season
Art and culture lovers are invited to “embrace the power of light” and experience four, free neighborhood art tours, illuminated walks, artist talks and other special events based on 16 free public light art installations that transform San Francisco nights into a citywide gallery of light.
Wednesday, Dec 3; Illuminate SF Art Walk
December 3, Illuminate SF Art Walk event registration
Join Robin Marks of Discovery Street Tours and artists Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn for this free Illuminate SF walking tour of three luminous public artworks in the Civic Center and SOMA neighborhoods. The evening begins on the steps of City Hall, facing Polk Street and will continue to Ned Kahn’s Firefly on Golden Gate Avenue. After taking in this high-rise work shimmering in the wind, the group will wind its way to SOMA discovering more little known San Francisco facts. Next the group will take in James Turrell’s Skygarden at the Federal Building on 7th and Mission streets. After exploring alleyways and architecture, the group will arrive at the final stop, “…and my room still rocks like a boat on the sea” (Caruso’s Dream) above the entrance to the AVA 55 Ninth apartments. Here the group will meet creators Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn, who will describe the work and share just how salvaged safety glass and Transbay Terminal Douglas fir foundations came to be 13 illuminating, pulsating pianos. Participants will need to remain on the lookout for Eric Staller’s Lightmobile, a not so easy to miss Volkswagen Beetle brilliantly lit with 1659 lamps. Don't forget to charge your batteries, cell phones and cameras; you’re going to want photos!
Thursday, Dec 4; IlluminArts Walk in partnership with Black Rock Arts
December 4, IlluminArts Walk event registration
Join us for the second annual IlluminArts Walk. Don your most brilliant lighted gear and wearable art for an evening of illuminated pageantry! After gathering in Jack Kerouac Alley, the group will visit Language of the Birds, where artists Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn will share their experiences as the installation creators. Moving through alleyways and stairways the group will scale Telegraph Hill to admire The Bay Lights, the world’s largest light art installation, and learn firsthand the behind the scene stories of its creation from Illuminate the Arts leadership. After descending the historic Filbert Steps, the group will gather in the public plaza at the Exploratorium to experience Metamorphosis, a glowing, mist-generating comet sculpture created in commemoration of the Rosetta Mission to rendezvous a spacecraft with a comet. Classic Cable Car Sightseeing will be waiting to deliver the group, the San Francisco way, to Pier 14 to take in the brilliant interactive light installation Soma, first seen at Burning Man 2009, participants will hear the story of its creation by artist Margaret Long of the Flaming Lotus Girls. Intrepid participants have the option to return to the Exploratorium, via Classic Cable Car to attend After Dark:Glow (tickets not included) which remains open until 10 pm. Don't forget to charge your batteries, cell phones and cameras, you’re going to want photos!
Thursday, Dec 11; Illuminate SF Light Art Cable Car Tour
Reschuled due to weather
This tour will begin in the offbeat, quaint and craft rich neighborhood of Dogpatch. Robin Marks of Discovery Street Tours will lead participants on a brief tour of Dogpatch via Classic Cable Car on the way to Bayview Rise by Haddad-Drugen. Participants get a rare chance to get up close and personal with a striking light installation in the Bayview. Funded by the Port of San Francisco with coordination from the San Francisco Arts Commission, Bayview Rise has transformed a former grain elevator into a hi-rise mural that changes by night as it is illuminated in different colors. Join special guest David Beaupre from the Port of San Francisco to hear how this 187' multi-dimensional mural reflects the historic and changing story of the Bayview neighborhood. Participants will remain dry but not so for Eric Staller’s, Bubbleboat. The 12’ diameter dome covered with 600 computerized red, white and blue bulbs will perform a light show from the water. This tour will be partly on foot and partly by cable car, but not in the water! Don't forget to charge your batteries, cell phones and cameras; you’re going to want photos! NOTE: The exact tour starting location will be near 22nd and 3rd streets and this event listing will be updated prior to the tour.
Saturday, Dec 27; Illuminate Your Ride Light Art Bike Tour
December 27 Illuminate Your Ride: Light Art Bike Tour
Show off your illuminated bike or glowing gear! Join host Robin Marks of Discovery Street Tours for a fun and safe illuminated bike ride around the city, with stops for socializing and experiencing multiple stunning light art installations along the way. The evening will get rolling at 6 p.m. and riders should gather next to Cupid’s Span, the bayside sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. The ride will begin with a tribute to The Bay Lights and the brilliant community who made Leo Villareal’s installation possible. Robin will lead the group on a mostly flat, 4-5 mile route passing multiple holiday light displays and five more Illuminate SF artworks including; Soma, Language of the Birds, Skygarden, Firefly and "...and my room still rocks like a boat on the sea" (Caruso's Dream). Don't forget to charge your batteries, cell phones and cameras; you’re going to want photos!