Illuminate (2017)


Castro: 400 Castro Street (view map)

Hope Will Never Be Silent immortalizes the words of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in the history of California. The white neon message glows over Harvey Milk Plaza as a permanent greeting to all those who call Castro home, be they San Francisco residents or visitors from around the world. The art is designed to honor the life and legacy of Harvey Milk through light’s power of attraction. Illuminate is the arts group that draped the suspension cables of the Bay Bridge with The Bay Lights by artist Leo Villareal, and lit the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park with the flower-powered light show Photosynthesis eo celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love.

The work was initiated by Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza as a beacon for a planned multimillion-dollar remake of the public space outside the Castro Muni Metro Station.

Best Viewing: The inspirational illumination can be seen from dark 'til dawn, atop the curving crown of the SoulCycle building. View it from the top of the Castro Muni Metro Station escalator and vantage points in Harvey Milk Plaza.

Artist Rendering: Illuminate

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