The IlluminArts Walk – December 5

EL-wire people, 2010 (photo by Neil Girling)
EL-wire people, 2010 (photo by Neil Girling)

Hey! If you’re in the Bay Area, come participate in The IlluminArts Walk! (Or if you’re not, perhaps organize your own illuminated walk, and send us your pictures to attach to this blog post!) The IlluminArts walk is in conjunction with San Francisco Travel’s “Illuminate SF”.

When: December 5, 2013, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: North Beach to Embarcadero/Pier 15 Exploratorium via Filbert Steps
What: The IlluminArts Walk: an evening of participatory pageantry!
Why: Let’s shine a light on art and participation in our community.
Who: Black Rock Arts Foundation and Illuminate The Arts in harmony with the Exploratorium and San Francisco Travel

As early winter dusk descends upon our City on December 5th, Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) and Illuminate the Arts invites residents and visitors of San Francisco to don lighted gear and illuminated wearable art, and engage in an evening of participatory pageantry. The IlluminArts Walk is a strolling light installation at the human scale – where participants become art by illuminating their most fun evening finery and walk from North Beach to the Embarcadero. The route explores three works of illuminated art, traverses two neighborhoods, and brings new energy to our sidewalks and Telegraph Hill, all while enjoying gorgeous vistas of The Bay Lights. This event has been created in support of San Francisco Travel’s inaugural “Illuminate SF”, a new seasonal program which offers the entire city of San Francisco as a gallery of light-filled art, illuminating the dark winter evenings.

The evening begins at 5:30pm at the North Beach intersection of Columbus and Broadway at the Language of the Birds sculpture, commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Public Art Program. There, your Walk host, BRAF Executive Director Tomas McCabe, will introduce The IlluminArts Walk participants to site-specific light art creators Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn who will discuss their art: solar-powered books mimicking birds in flight, created in conjunction with scientist David Shearer and City Lights Books.

Lightsuit man, 2010 (photo by Rick Egan)
Lightsuit man, 2010 (photo by Rick Egan)

At 6:15pm, the glowing group will walk via Telegraph Hill to the Exploratorium on the Embarcadero. As we walk down the Filbert Steps, vistas of The Bay Lights — the world’s largest LED light sculpture — will appear. Its 25,000 white LED lights are individually programmed by artist Leo Villareal to create a never-repeating, dazzling display across the Bay Bridge’s west span. The IlluminArts Walk participants will be treated to stories of The Bay Lights creation from Illuminate The Arts dynamic executive producer, Amy Critchett.

Our final destination will be the Exploratorium to experience Homouroboros, a large-scale interactive zoetrope by San Francisco artist Peter Hudson, in the public plaza at Pier 15. Creator Peter Hudson will be in attendance to discuss his ground breaking and inventive interactive art piece.

The Exploratorium will be hosting After Dark: Glow, their adults-only evening program, highlighting a number of activities related to exploring bioluminescence, florescence and phosphorescent artwork and activities. Light-focused artworks that will be on display include the installations by Ruby Bettencourt & Jeff Howe’s Whirld (viewable from outside the museum), and Mark Lottor’s Cubatron Core.

The IlluminArts Walk is free and open to the public. Wheeled conveyances will re-join the group at the base of the Filbert Steps on Sansome Street. Participants will use legal pedestrian thoroughfares (sidewalks, crosswalks, stairs) and are encouraged to “illuminate” their clothing, creating a spontaneous collective walking art piece.

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  • Any advice about parking/shuttling from end to beginning? I want to jet home to the Peninsula after the Exploritorium, but I’ll need to get to the start of the walk via carpool or public transportation. Any suggestions?

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