5 Brilliant Ideas From the Home of Burning Man
Is Burning Man an expression of San Francisco, or has Burning Man re-conceptualized San Francisco? While the first gathering took place on the city’s Baker Beach in 1986, today’s global celebration of art, music and creative community is an ethos very much alive throughout the Bay Area and in San Francisco year-round. Experience these lights fantastic any night you like – then shoot and share your images using #illuminatesf.
Light Up Central Market (Market and Turk Streets between Fifth and Seventh Streets)
Temporary: September 2015 – September 2016
Have a seat, enjoy the street! Designed to celebrate and showcase the vibrancy and innovative spirit that infuses this neighborhood, Block by Block is a spectacular 10 foot x 24 foot illuminated bench that stacks, swings and pivots. Designed by Marisha Farnsworth of Hyphae Design Laboratory, the one-year kinetic installation is San Francisco’s third Living Innovation Zone, and a hub for nearby illuminations of murals by artists Clare Rojas, OSGEMEOS, Mark Bode and Jenny Sharaf, and the building façade of The Luggage Store. Funded by a grant from Kenneth Rainin Foundation, with additional support by Craig Young & Ross Stackhouse of Tidewater Capital/The Hall, Group I and others.
How to Experience: Begin at Block by Block, 1028 Market, and look across the street to see the Nighthouse Studio light display on The Luggage Store Gallery, and illuminated mural The Giant by OSGEMEOS on the west-facing wall of 1005 Market. Walk east to see Clare Rojas’ mural Promise on the east-facing wall of The Warfield at 928 Market and Jenny Sharaf‘s mural next to the Warfield at 974-976 Market; OSGEMEOS and Mark Bode’s untitled mural at 99 Turk street is on the north-facing wall of The Warfield.
Five Questions (106 Sixth St.)
Ongoing: One out of the five works is currently on view at 106 Sixth St., Central Market
Brilliant art is hiding in plain sight! Go sleuthing for Why, a painted fluorescent mural and one of five original public artworks in the Five Questions series (2013) by artist Ana Teresa Fernandez and designer/ architect Johanna Grawunder. Their pieces, titled Who, What, When, Where, Why, were part of The 5M Project, a larger public art and community partnership by multiple organizations led by Intersection for the Arts, addressing the neighborhood’s redevelopment between Mission, Howard and Fifth streets as it becomes a mix of low-, mid-, and high-rise buildings for living, working and playing over the next 10 years.
How to Experience: Look up! Why is located at 106 Sixth Street at Mission, high up on the side of the Henry Hotel.
Temple at Patricia's Green (Patricia’s Green on Octavia Street, Hayes Valley)
Ongoing: June 2015 through TBD
For the 10th anniversary of Patricia’s Green, artist David Best was invited to reprise his Hayes Valley temple, which was the first public arts installation at the community outdoor space. Like his other iconic temples, this new 37-foot high sculpture Temple at Patricia’s Green is an interactive installation of remembrance, where people can write personal notes to loved ones on the artwork itself.
How to Experience: Visit Patricia’s Green anytime and especially after dusk when the warm glow of the lighted sculpture beckons. Bring your Sharpie and contribute to the piece! The space is becoming a communal expression of very personal experiences, creating a new sense of affinity among participating community members.
San Francisco City Hall (1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place)
Ongoing: Event Based
On Friday, June 19, 2015, the façade of City Hall was transformed into a luminous portal of dazzling digital projections that took the audience on a visual and creative journey in honor of this National Historic Landmark’s Centennial Celebration. Created by Obscura Digital, a San Francisco-based company of international renown, the magnificent inaugural light show included the installation of lighting infrastructure, which the City now uses for other events and civic engagements such as Pride and the Golden State Warriors NBA championship.
How to Experience: Event-based lighting projections can be seen from Civic Center Plaza in front of San Francisco City Hall, from Van Ness Avenue and the surrounding area.
SFO Controller Tower (San Francisco International Airport)
Ongoing: Event Based
Completed in May 2015, SFO’s “towering achievement” ascends 221 feet skyward in a graceful flare. The control tower’s west face features an LED backlit glass “waterfall” that stretches 147 feet in the air – reflecting sunlight during the day and glowing with interior lighting at night, the colors of which can be changed to celebrate important events. It is designed to achieve LEED Gold status by airport master architecture firm HNTB, with design partner Fentress Architects, and Hensel Phelps on the design-build team.
How to Experience: Located between Terminals 1 and 2, the tower is seen from the freeway and when driving into the airport. To see it close up, stand in the Pre-Security Public Corridor at the base of the tower. Look straight up through the skylight glass roof to enjoy the LED light waterfall.