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October 11, 2019
"Grace Light" by George Zisiadis

The New Light Art Works You Must See During This Year's Illuminate SF Festival of Light

Celebrate San Francisco’s culture of creativity, innovation and brilliance during the annual Illuminate SF Festival of Light. The celebration offers the rare opportunity to tour a stunning citywide gallery of light during the longest nights of the year. The artworks come to life at dusk throughout 17 San Francisco neighborhoods with a brilliance that will turn any evening into an illuminating adventure, especially when combined with exploring San Francisco’s world-class restaurants, museums and cultural events

Here are the new additions to the Illuminate SF collection you must see this year.


"W.F.T." shines bright on the western facade of the Bill Graham Civic Center Auditorium. Created by artist Joseph Kosuth, "W.F.T." is a word family tree that reflects the historical significance of the Auditorium and the cultural and social relationships that words like "civic" and "auditorium" share with one another.

"Tara Mechani"

Standing tall at Patricia's Green in Hayes Valley, Dana Albany's 17-foot-high sculpture is a combination of characteristics of the ancient female Buddha, Tara, and a futuristic female robot. "Tara Mechani" is made up of 80% recycled materials, including machine parts and hardware collected from local San Francisco businesses. Park visitors will be able to see the intricate details of this sculture up close.

"Grace Light"

George Zisiadis' newest light art installation shines above Grace Cathedral's famed labyrinth. Visitors who want to experience this 15-minute light and sound journey are invited to lie down within the labyrinth or stand outside the 100-foot-tall curtain of light. Tickets are free with advance registration.


This new, permanent installation transforms SFO's long-term parking garage's elevator tower into a entire light art experience. "Coding" incorporates different elements, or codes, that amplify the movement of elevator rides. The elevator cabins and shafts feature more than 60 strings of specialized lighting for coordinated light shows that change throughout the day.

"Seeing Spheres"

See yourself and your surroundings appear again and again in Olafur Eliasson’s largest public artwork in the U.S., “Seeing Spheres”. This installation consists of five fifteen-and-a-half-foot-tall steel spheres oriented in a circle around a central space. Each sphere has a mirrored face framed by LED lights, which produces a tunnel-like experience when visitors stand in front of it. “Seeing Spheres” is a new, permanent installation located in front of the Chase Center’s Eastern Entrance.


Manipulate layers of inks on an 8-foot square light table at the Exploratorium. Push and press on the pallet of vibrant colors to create your own kaleidoscope of patterns. Experience Karina Smigla-Bobinski's interactive installation Dec. 6 - Jan. 1, 2020.


Read about these artworks and more on our Illuminate SF website.


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