5 art installations that illuminate SF in San Francisco

1) The Bay Lights

Designed by Leo Villareal, the western span of the bridge is now illuminated with 25.000 white LED lights that twinkle every evening from dusk to dawn. Originally planned as a two-year installation, it is now a permanent one. Stroll along the Embarcadero to witness this shimmering light show.

San Francisco - the Bay Lights

2) Language of the Birds

Look up to see this hanging installation (designed by Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn) which features a flock of 23 illuminated books that mimic birds in flight. The pages and bindings acting as wings. Beneath the flock are words in English, Italian and Chinese representing the diverse communities that intersect in this neighborhood.

 The Language of the Birds art installation

Broadway Street and Columbus Avenue

http://metaphorm.org/works/ language-of-the-birds

3) Point Cloud

This illuminated 30-meter pedestrian bridge was designed by Leo Villareal, the same artist behind The Bay Lights. It features 28.000 overhead LED bulbs that change 30 times per second into many colors. The best viewing time is at night from the corner of Howard and Third Streets.

at: Moscone Center, 747 Howard Street

http://illuminatesf.com

4) City Hall

Since 2015 City Hall has become an architectural canvas of colorful lights and imagery. The digital projection system is city-owned and the building is often lit in a spectrum of colors to celebrate events and milestones, like rainbow hues in honor of Pride celebrations or orange when the SF Giants won the World Series.

a pink-lighted San Francisco City hall

1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Plaza

+1 415 554 4000

http://sfgov.org/cityhall

5) Night Bloom

This stunning all-white landmark becomes a massive canvas for an evening light and sound show during special occasions of the year. The first one celebrated the Summer of Love’s 50th Anniversary, and a couple of new ones have been created since. Check online to make sure there is a show before you go.

the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco by night

at: Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive

+1 415 831 2090

http://conservatoryofflowers.org

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