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Flipping the Switch to Light Up Central Market

New installations that combine art and technology are headed to San Francisco’s Central Market to illuminate this exceptionally dynamic downtown neighborhood. Join us on Wednesday, September 30, 6:30–8:00 p.m., at 1028 Market Street, San Francisco, when we gather to flip the switch to Light Up Central Market.

Light Up Central Market is a collaborative effort of the Luggage Store Gallery, Nighthouse Studio and Hyphae Design Laboratory.  This project was designed to encourage interaction and dialogue around community identity, as well as to celebrate and showcase the vibrancy and innovative spirit that infuses this neighborhood. Six site-specific installations—four murals, a building facade, and Block by Block, a spectacular 10 x 24 foot interactive bench—will come alive with light and invite a diverse group of people to engage with each other and their city. This project was funded through a $100,000 Kenneth Rainin Foundation grant. Additional support was provided by Craig Young & Ross Stackhouse of The Hall, Group I, and others.

This initiative is a brilliant example of how cross-sector collaborations and public art are helping support places where people want to live, work and play. We’re partnering with the Luggage Store Gallery, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the City of San Francisco on a series of launch day activities highlighted below.

Schedule of Events
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at 1028 Market Street, San Francisco

  • All Day  Market Street Prototyping Showcase between Fifth and Seventh Streets
  • 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. — Holy Stitch, a sewing circle of high school boys, will set up its Singer sewing machines on Block by Block
  • 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Crochet Jam, led by crochet artist Ramekon O’Arwisters, will engage the public to think differently about the role of art within community
  • 6:30 p.m.   Interactive Dance Performance by Amara Tabor-Smith, Debby Kajiyama and José Navarrete
  • 7:00 p.m. — Celebratory Comments by Project and Community Partners
  • 7:25 p.m. — Bench Lighting

Photo above: ‘Block by Block’, an illuminated bench designed by Marisha Farnsworth of Hyphae Design Laboratory.

See more information on the event.


Light Up Central Market gallery of images

‘The Giant’ by OSGEMEOS, an illuminated mural on the west-facing wall of 1005 Market Street.

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