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Seventh Annual "Illuminate SF™ Festival of Light" Brings Winter Nights to Life with Light Art

New Director of Arts Marketing, Brenda Tucker, Introduces Illuminate SF™ Light Art Trail.


W.F.T., Joseph Kosuth (2019), Bill Graham Auditorium, 99 Grove St.

Oct. 18, 2019 – Now in its seventh year, “Illuminate SF Festival of Light” celebrates 44 dramatic, eco-friendly light art installations located throughout San Francisco.    

“The response to Illuminate SF Festival of Light has been thrilling as it inspires delight in visitors and locals alike.  Every year, it gives us the opportunity to highlight new permanent and temporary light art installations throughout our beautiful city,” said Brenda Tucker, director of arts marketing for the San Francisco Travel Association.    
“This year, we are celebrating the additions of ‘W.F.T’ by Joseph Kosuth on the Bill Graham Auditorium and ‘Grace Light’ inside Grace Cathedral” Tucker said. 
“Illuminate SF Festival of Light” and are presented by the San Francisco Travel Association in collaboration with local civic, arts and cultural partners.   
Tucker, who joined San Francisco in February 2019recognized an opportunity to combine the abundance of fascinating light art installations with the city’s well-earned reputation as a very walkable and transit-friendly city.    Working with San Francisco Travel’s digital team, she developed the Illuminate SF Light Art Trail, a self-guided itinerary that includes 12 installations in neighborhoods like the Embarcadero, South of Market, Civic Center, Hayes Valley, the Castro, Nob Hill and the Bayview. 
“We created a focused path for those who love the night, art, and a good walk. People can enjoy our light art trail in full, or in stints with a nice hot toddy or cocoa along the way,” Tucker explained. 
For directions on how to follow the trail by foot and public transportation, visit   
Located in 17 different neighborhoods, the works are accessible by public transport and most are free for all to view. From Thanksgiving 2019 through New Year’s Day 2020, art lovers are invited to embrace the power of light and tour San Francisco’s art installations by a diverse range of 33 local and world-renowned light artists.  
The works come to life at dusk throughout the city with a luminescence that will turn any evening into an illuminating adventure, especially when combined with exploring San Francisco’s world-class museums performing arts and restaurants. The light art can be found in neighborhoods in the Embarcadero along the waterfront, in North Beach, Civic Center, Central Market, the Inner Sunset, South of Market (SoMa), Potrero, Mission Bay, Nob Hill, Yerba Buena, Bayview, Golden Gate Park, Hayes Valley, South Beach, the Castro, the Mission District and even flying in or out of San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

Grace Light, George Zisiadis (2019), Grace Cathedral, 110 California St.

San Francisco Travel offers a guide to all of the installations and artists at 

The newest additions to San Francisco’s light art collection are: 
  • W.F.T., Joseph Kosuth (2019), Bill Graham Auditorium, 99 Grove St. - Permanent 
  • Coding, Johanna Grawunder (2019), San Francisco International Airport, Long Term Parking Garage – Permanent 
  • Seeing SpheresOlafur Eliasson (2019), Chase Center, 1 Warriors Way - Permanent 
  • Tara Mechani, Dana Albany (2019), Patricia's Green, Octavia and Hayes Streets – Temporary 
  • Grace Light, George Zisiadis (2019), Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St. - Temporary 
  • Kaleidoscope, Karina Smigla-Bobinski (2019), Exploratorium, Pier 15 – Temporary 
There are six temporary light artworks on view, including: 
  • Tara Mechani, (2019), Patricia's Green, Octavia and Hayes Streets, through 2020 
  • Grace Light, George Zisiadis (2019), Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St. through 2020 
  • Kaleidoscope, Karina Smigla-Bobinski (2019), Exploratorium, Pier 15, through 2020 
  • NightbloomLightswitch (2018), Conservatory of Flowers: 101 John F. Kennedy Dr. Nov. 22, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020 
  • Glow, Various Artists (2018), Exploratorium, Pier 15 on the Embarcadero, Dec. 5, 2019-Jan. 1, 2020 
  • Community and Family Trees, Various Artists (2018), Davies Symphony Hall, through 2020 
There are 31 permanent light artworks within the city’s 49 square miles, including: 
  1. Point Cloud, Leo Villareal (2019), Moscone Center, Howard between Third and Fourth Streets  
  2. W.F.T., Joseph Kosuth (2019), Bill Graham Auditorium, 99 Grove St. 
  3. Seeing SpheresOlafur Eliasson (2019), Chase Center, 1 Warriors Way 
  4. White LightJenny Holzer (2018), Salesforce Transit Center 
  5. Day for Night (2018), Jim Campbell, Top of Salesforce Tower, 415 Mission St., Embarcadero 
  6. “Hope Will Never Be Silent,” Illuminate (2017), Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro St. 
  7. The SeedAphidoidea (2017), Jane Warner Plaza, Castro  
  8. IIuminaviaHYBYCOZO (2017), Hotel VIA, ground level space at Bar VIA, 136 King Street, South Beach 
  9. LOVE OVER RULES (2017), Hank Willis Thomas, Annie Alley at Mission St., Yerba Buena 
  10. Buckyball, Leo Villareal (2016), The Exploratorium, Pier 15 on the Embarcadero at Green St.  
  11. Lamp of the CovenantDave Lane (2015), Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., SOMA 
  12. Spiral of Gratitude*, Shimon Attie and Vale Bruck (2015), 1245 Third St., Mission Bay 
  13. MonarchCliff Garten (2015), Kaiser Permanente Medical Offices, 1600 Owens St., Mission Bay 
  14. "…and my room still rocks like a boat on the sea" (Caruso’s Dream)Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn (2014), 55 Ninth St., south of Market St., Central Market 
  15. Handsignals*, Matthew Passmore/MoreLab (2014) McCoppin at Valencia St., SOMA 
  16. Archipelago*, Anna Valentina Murch (2014), 1001 Potrero Ave., San Francisco General Hospital, Potrero 
  17. Ethereal Bodies*, Cliff Garten (2014), 1001 Potrero Ave., San Francisco General Hospital, Potrero 
  18. Bayview RiseHaddad – Drugan (2014), Pier 92 at 3rd Street & Cargo Way, Bayview 
  19. The Bay Lights, Leo Villareal (2013), San Francisco Bay Bridge West Span, Waterfront 
  20. Lumina, MADLAB (2013), 181 Third St., W San Francisco Hotel, SOMA 
  21. San Francisco at Night: Model Art Map, Lisa Gemmiti (2011), W SF Hotel, 181 Third Street, SOMA 
  22. Language of the Birds*, Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn (2008), Broadway and Columbus Ave., North Beach 
  23. Yud, Daniel Libeskind (2008), 736 Mission St., Contemporary Jewish Museum, SOMA 
  24. PaRDes, Daniel Libeskind (2008), 736 Mission St., Contemporary Jewish Museum, SOMA 
  25. Skygarden, James Turrell (2007), 90 Seventh Street facing Mission St., Central Market 
  26. Ocean Mirror with Fragments, Jim Campbell (2007), Saunders Court, UCSF, Inner Sunset 
  27. Anima, Jim Sanborn (2006), Alexandria Real Estate Equities, 1700 Owens Street, Mission Bay 
  28. Three Gems, James Turrell (2005), de Young Museum, Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden, Golden Gate Park  
  29. Constellation*Nayland W. Blake (1996), San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St., Civic Center 
  30. Untitled (in Honor of Leo at the 30th Anniversary of His Gallery), Dan Flavin (1987), SFMOMA, 151 Third St., Yerba Buena  
  31. “monument” for V TatlinDan Flavin (1969), SFMOMA 5th Floor, 151 Third St., Yerba Buena  
Seven permanent light art installations at San Francisco International Airport include:  
  • Coding,* Johanna Grawunder (2019), San Francisco International Airport, Long Term Parking Garage   
  • Spirogyrate*, Eric Staller (2014), Terminal 3, Boarding Area E, Level 2, Post-Security   
  • Sky*, Merge Conceptual Design (2014), Terminal 3, Boarding Area E, Level 2, Post-Security   
  • Four Sculptural Light Reflectors*, James Carpenter (2000), International Terminal, Main Hall, Level 3, Pre-Security  
  • Light Beams for the Sky of a Transfer Corridor*, Vito Acconci (2000), International Terminal, A-G, Level 2, Pre-Security  
  • Wind Portal*, Ned Kahn (2000), International Terminal between BART Station and AirTrain  
  • Ceiling Flood*, Keith Sonnier (1999), International Terminal, Boarding Area G, Level 2, Post-Security  
The official website was made possible by The visually stunning website features photographs, videos, interactive and downloadable light art maps, events listings, artist information, best viewing and more to make the artworks easy and accessible.    
*The San Francisco’s Civic Art Collection encompasses more than 3,500 objects, including historic monuments, murals, paintings, sculptures, installations and other media. The San Francisco Arts Commission oversees this rich and diverse collection, which helps distinguishes the city as an important cultural destination. To learn more visit 
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