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Ongoing: September 2015 – September 2016

Market and Turk Streets between Fifth and Seventh

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' x 24' 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 St. is on the north-facing wall of The Warfield.


Ongoing: One out of the five works is currently on view 106 Sixth Street

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 ten years.

How to Experience: Look up! Why is located at 106 Sixth Street at Mission, high up on the side of the Henry Hotel.


Temporary: June 2015 through TBD

Patricia's Park on Octavia Street, Hayes Valley

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.


Ongoing: Permanent

W SF Hotel, 181 Third Street, Yerba Buena

When Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects designed the interior of San Francisco's W Hotel, they used patterned perforated ceiling panels behind the check in desks to represent the fog of San Francisco, accented the space in black and commissioned a scuptural piece to represent the City at night. Using photographs as inspiration, San Francisco's Lisa Gemmiti and her team at Gemmiti Model Art sculpted the topographical "model art" with precision and artistic license. The art map's 7x7-mile topography was machined with 2.5x vertical exaggeration to emphasize changes in grade, and 2,000 LEDs in four colors on four circuits were installed to set the intensity of each circuit in place. A little fun was added by using red LEDs to represent points of interest in San Francisco and a single purple LED to designate the W Hotel.

How to Experience: Enter the W Hotel by its Howard Street entrance; the piece is installed on the wall above the lobby's check in desks.

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Ongoing: Event Based

San Francisco International Airport

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’ 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. 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 upon 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.

Presenting Sponsor

5M is a new, vibrant mixed-use destination in the heart of San Francisco located at the intersection of 5th and Mission streets. Developed by Brookfield Properties, named “Developer of the Year” by the San Francisco Business Times in 2021, the four-acre parcel was previously home to parking lots and underutilized buildings. Now, it has been transformed into a lively community for locals and visitors alike.