Benjamin Bergery and Jim Campbell (2016)

December 11, 2016 – ongoing

Nob Hill: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street (view map)

Jacob's Dream: A Luminous Path is a rising light-filled pathway in the North Aisle of Grace Cathedral that evokes the ladder that Jacob dreams about in Genesis 28 of the Bible. "Jacob’s Stairway” or “Jacob’s Ladder” is a theme richly illustrated in the history of art and architecture, with a wide range of imagery, from the Roman catacombs to the paintings of Marc Chagall. Bergery and Campbell create rungs of LED lights that act as a a fragmented screen for low-resolution moving images of figures that ascend and descend the ladder, some climbing arduously, others gliding effortlessly.

Jacob's Dream is commissioned by Grace Cathedral, which offers a residency every year to an artist or artists to create exciting new work. The Cathedral believes in the power of art to inspire and strengthen individuals and communities.

Best Viewing: Any time the cathedral is open during regular hours 8 am to 6 pm daily. The cathedral is always free and open to all (though it is sometimes closed for ticketed events, such as concerts, so please check the website hours at

Presenting Sponsor

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