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Watch the City Glow: 10th Annual “Illuminate SF” Festival of Light (Nov 9, 2022 - Jan 31, 2023)

Festival Details - "Watch the City Glow: 10th Annual “Illuminate SF” Festival of Light (Nov 9, 2022 - Jan 31, 2023)"...

Start: Wednesday, November 9, 2022 6:00PM
End: Wednesday, November 23, 2022 11:45PM

Illuminate SF: Festival of Light is making The City a little brighter, November 9 – January 31, 2023 and shines a light on San Francisco’s ever-expanding light art scene.


San Francisco’s neighborhoods will transform into a luminous gallery of art at night during the holiday season for the 10th annual Illuminate SF™ Festival of Light. The self-guided tour begins and ends at 5M, a new mixed-use district in SOMA that has transformed four acres of parking lots and underutilized buildings into a vibrant community. 62 temporary and permanent light art installations, many within walking distance of one another, have been designed by acclaimed creators from all over the world.

Inspired by the debut of Leo Villareal’s The Bay Lights, San Francisco Travel launched the festival in 2013 to brighten the longest nights of the year. Illuminate SF has grown since its inception from six to 62 temporary and permanent eco-friendly light art installations created by a diverse array of acclaimed international and local artists, including Olafur Eliasson, Jenny Holzer, Daniel Libeskind, Jorge Pardo and Jerry van Eyck, along with San Francisco Bay-based Jim Campbell, Johanna Grawunder, Dorka Keehn and Brian Goggins.

Illuminate SF light art installations can be experienced across the city from the Embarcadero to the Inner Sunset, North Beach to Bayview, and while flying in or out of San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The works come to life at dusk, turning evenings into an illuminating adventure, especially when combined with exploring San Francisco’s world-class restaurants, nightlife, cultural events and holiday activations.

Find detailed information on the #IlluminateSF festival, installations and artists, plus downloadable light art maps at

List of 2022/2023 Illuminate SF Festival of Light Art Installations


  • The Wind-Baffles by Jerry van Eyck (2022), The Parks at 5M, between Natoma and Minna streets. (Permanent installation)
  • THE LADDER (Sun or Moon) by Ivan Navarro (2020),1066 Market St. (Permanent installation)
  • “…and my room still rocks like a boat on the sea” (Caruso’s Dream) by Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn (2015), 55 Ninth St., south of Market St. (Permanent installation)

South of Market (SOMA)/Yerba Buena

  • Peace in the Middle East by Taravat Talepasand (2022), Grand Lobby of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. (Permanent installation).
  • Point Cloud by Leo Villareal (2019), Moscone Center, Howard between Third and Fourth streets (Permanent installation)
  • Day for Night by Jim Campbell (2018), Top of Salesforce Tower, 415 Mission St. (Permanent installation)
  • White Light by Jenny Holzer (2018), Salesforce Transit Center, 425 Mission St. (Permanent installation)
  • LOVE OVER RULES by Hank Willis Thomas (2017), Annie Alley at Mission St. (Permanent installation)
  • Lamp of the Covenant by Dave Lane (2015), Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St. (Permanent installation)
  • Handsignals* by Matthew Passmore/MoreLab (2014), McCoppin at Valencia St. (Permanent installation)
  • Lumina by MADLAB (2013), W San Francisco Hotel, 181 Third St. (Permanent installation)
  • San Francisco at Night: Model Art Map by Lisa Gemmiti (2011), W San Francisco Hotel, 181 Third St. (Permanent installation)
  • Yud by Daniel Libeskind (2008), Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St. (Permanent installation)
  • PaRDes by Daniel Libeskind (2008), Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St. (Permanent installation)
  • Skygarden by James Turrell (2007), Central Market, 90 Seventh St. facing Mission St. (Permanent installation)
  • Untitled (in Honor of Leo at the 30th Anniversary of His Gallery) by Dan Flavin (1987), SFMOMA, 151 Third St. (Permanent installation; admission fee)
  • “monument” for V Tatlin by Dan Flavin (1969), SFMOMA 5th Floor, 151 Third St. (Permanent installation; admission fee)

Downtown/Embarcadero/South Beach

  • Franchise Freedom by Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta of DRIFT (2023, San Francisco), presented by Immersive Arts Alliance, over the waters of the San Francisco Bay, Jan. 12 through 16, 2023.
  • Let’s Glow SF (2022), produced by the Downtown SF Partnership with A3 Visual, the projection mapping event will animate four iconic buildings from Dec. 2 through 11. Locations and artists will be announced in late October.
  • GLOW: Discover the Art of Light, featuring six artists – Anila Quayyum Agha, Craig Newswanger, Sally Weber, Luke Jerram, Burt Libe and Jen Lewin, The Exploratorium, Pier 15 on the Embarcadero, from Nov. 17 through Jan. 29, 2023. (Admission fee)
  • IIuminavia by HYBYCOZO (2017), Hotel VIA, ground-level space at Bar VIA, 136 King St. (Permanent installation)
  • Buckyball by Leo Villareal (2016), The Exploratorium, Pier 15 on the Embarcadero. (Permanent installation)
  • The Bay Lights by Leo Villareal (2013), San Francisco Bay Bridge West Span, Waterfront. (Permanent installation)

Union Square/Nob Hill

  • Lucy in the Sky* by Erwin Redl (2022), Union Square/Market Street subway station located on Stockton St. at Union Square. (Permanent installation)
  • Grace Light by George Zisiadis (2019), produced by non-profit Illuminate and Grace Cathedral, Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St. Viewings through November 2022 and from January through April 2023. (Reservations required. Tickets for viewings will be released at 12 pm on the 15th of each month for the following month.) 

Chinatown/North Beach

  • Lantern Stories: San Francisco by Yu-Wen Wu (2022), 600 block of Grant Avenue (Temporary installation).
  • Language of the Birds* by Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn (2008), Broadway and Columbus Ave. (Permanent installation)

Mission Bay/Bayview

  • Helical Trace by Jim Campbell (2022), LUMA Hotel, corner of Third and Channel streets. (Permanent installation)
  • Seeing Spheres by Olafur Eliasson (2019), Chase Center, 1 Warriors Way (Permanent installation)
  • Spiral of Gratitude* by Shimon Attie and Vale Bruck (2015), 1245 Third St. (Permanent installation)
  • Monarch by Cliff Garten (2015), Kaiser Permanente Medical Offices, 1600 Owens St. (Permanent installation)
  • Bayview Rise by Haddad – Drugan (2014), Pier 92 at 3rd St. & Cargo Way (Permanent installation)
  • Anima by Jim Sanborn (2006), Alexandria Real Estate Equities, 1700 Owens St. (Permanent installation) 

Civic Center

  • Untitled* by Jorge Pardo (2022), Geary Street Boarding platforms, Van Ness Rapid Transit Project.
  • W.F.T. by Joseph Kosuth (2019), Bill Graham Auditorium, 99 Grove St. (Permanent installation)
  • Constellation* by Nayland W. Blake (1996), San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St. (Permanent installation)


  • Hope Will Never Be Silent by Illuminate (2017), Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro St. (Permanent installation)
  • The Seed by Aphidoidea (2017), Jane Warner Plaza, at the intersection of Castro, 17th and Market streets (Permanent installation)


  • Archipelago* by Anna Valentina Murch (2014), San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Potrero Ave. (Permanent installation)
  • Ethereal Bodies* by Cliff Garten (2014), San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Potrero Ave. (Permanent installation)

Golden Gate Park/Inner Sunset

  • Spreckels Temple of Music by Illuminate (2020), on the Music Concourse between the de Young and California Academy of Sciences. (Permanent installation)
  • SkyStar Wheel, the observation wheel installed for Golden Gate Park’s 150th celebration (2020), 1 Bowl Dr.
  • Psychedelic Photosynthesis (2021), Conservatory of Flowers exterior, 101 John F. Kennedy Dr.
  • Entwined by Charles Gadeken (2020), Peacock Meadow
  • Three Gems by James Turrell (2005), de Young Museum, Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. (Permanent installation; admission fee)
  • Ocean Mirror with Fragments by Jim Campbell (2007), Saunders Court, University of California San Francisco, 505 Parnassus Ave. (Permanent installation)

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Note: Only ticketed passengers arriving or departing SFO can view all the installations.

  • Orion* by Spencer Finch (2020), Terminal 1, Post-security (Permanent installation)
  • Coding* by Johanna Grawunder (2019), Long Term Parking Garage (Permanent installation)
  • Spirogyrate* by Eric Staller (2014), Terminal 3, Boarding Area E, Level 2, Post-Security (Permanent installation)
  • Sky* by Merge Conceptual Design (2014), Terminal 3, Boarding Area E, Level 2, Post- Security (Permanent installation)
  • Four Sculptural Light Reflectors* by James Carpenter (2000), International Terminal, Main Hall, Level 3, Pre-Security (Permanent installation)
  • Light Beams for the Sky of a Transfer Corridor* by Vito Acconci (2000), International Terminal, A-G, Level 2, Pre-Security (Permanent installation)
  • Wind Portal* by Ned Kahn (2000), International Terminal between BART Station and AirTrain (Permanent installation)
  • Ceiling Flood* by Keith Sonnier (1999), International Terminal, Boarding Area G, Level 2, Post-Security (Permanent installation)


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