2015 San Francisco Holiday Events: Illuminate SF Festival of Lights | 27 Dramatic Light Art Installations throughout 12 Neighborhoods, Free Guided Tours, Now-New Year’s Day

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2015 Illuminate SF Festival of Lights

This holiday season, don’t miss the Illuminate SF Festival of Lights featuring free viewings of 27 dramatic light art installations in 12 different SF neighborhoods! Guided tours are scheduled! More info below.

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Now-New Year’s Day | Free

12 SF Neighborhoods
More info: illuminatesf.com

During the Illuminate SF Festival of Light, from Thanksgiving 2015 through New Year’s Day 2016, art lovers can embrace the power of light and tour San Francisco’s public art installations by a diverse range of local and world renowned light artists.  Five free tours are scheduled throughout the 36-day program.

The 2015 Illuminate SF Festival of Light celebrates 27 dramatic, eco-friendly light art installations — 11 more than last year and three times the number of the inaugural celebration in 2013 — accessible by public transit and free for all ages. Held during the longest nights of the year, Illuminate SF Festival of Light features free light art tours, nighttime neighborhood walks, artist talks and participatory experiences. Many of San Francisco’s intimate neighborhoods will also light up shopping districts, streets and galleries, and host participatory holiday activities.

The works come to life at dusk throughout 12 San Francisco neighborhoods with a luminescence that will turn any evening into an illuminating adventure, especially when combined with exploring San Francisco’s world-class restaurants, clubs and cultural events in neighborhoods along the waterfront, in North Beach, Civic Center, Central Market, the Inner Sunset, SoMa, Potrero, Mission Bay, Bayview, Golden Gate Park, the Mission District and even flying in or out of San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

Five Free Guided Tours
Five free tours lead by Robin Marks of Discovery Street Tours (including one by bicycle) are the centerpiece of the festival.  The itineraries include dramatic light art works and exclusive access to artists, locations and experiences.

  • North Beach and Embarcadero Light Art Tour – Dec. 3, 2015, 6 p.m. at Jack Kerouac Alley near Columbus Avenue. This motorcoach and walking tour includes; Language of the Birds with artists Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn, the brilliant and interactive sculpture Soma by artists the Flaming Lotus Girls and participants will witness the live testing of The Bay Lights by artist Leo Villareal as he finesses the installation from a remote location in anticipation of the Grand Relighting on Jan. 30, 2016.  Tours end with an optional visit to the Exploratorium’s After Dark: Glow event.
  • Central Market and Civic Center Light Art Tour – Dec. 10, 2015, 6 p.m. at the Federal Building, 90 Seventh St. This motorcoach and walking tour includes, Skygarden by renowned artist James Turrell, Constellation by Nayland W. Blake, at the San Francisco Public Library, “… and my room still rocks like a boat on the sea” (Caruso’s Dream) with one of the artists, Brian Goggin, and Eric Staller with his Lightmobile, a Volkswagen Beetle lit with 1,659 lamps.
  • Dogpatch and Bayview Light Art Tour – Dec. 11, 2015, 5:30 p.m. at Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third St. This motorcoach and walking tour includes the Museum of Craft and Design and other surprise stops, plus Bayview Rise by artist team Haddad-Drugan with Port of San Francisco’s David Beaupre demonstrating how the imagery appears animated due to the programmed illumination of the mural’s different colors.
  • Yerba Buena Museums Light Art Tour – Dec. 17, 2015, 6 p.m. at California Historical Society, 678 Mission St. This walking tour includes Elise Baldwin’s projected-light installation Field of Vision, PaRDes and the Lamp of the Covenant at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, plus Lightswarm and Murmur Wall, two temporary installations by Future Cities Lab commissioned by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
  • Illuminate Your Ride Light Art Bike Tour – Dec. 20, 2015, 6 p.m. at Cupid’s Span in Rincon Park, Embarcadero. Take a fun and easy illuminated bike ride on a mostly flat, four to five mile route beginning at the bow-and-arrow sculpture Cupid’s Span by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.  The route passes holiday light and light art works including Soma, Language of the Birds, Skygarden, “…and my room still rocks like a boat on the sea” (Caruso’s Dream), Murmur Wall, Lightswarm, Yud and PaRDes with brief stops for socializing along the way.

Reservations are required and last year’s tours filled quickly.  Visit www.iIluminatesf.com for full tour details and to sign up.

Self-Guided Tour Itineraries
Light lovers may explore on their own using four self-guided light art tour itineraries which highlightSOMA/Yerba Buena, Central Market and Civic Center, North Beach and the Embarcadero, and Dogpatch andBayview and together feature nearly 20 light art installations. Itineraries are available on the website, suitable for download, printing and mobile viewing.

More info: illuminatesf.com

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