Fog Bridge #72494
Fujiko Nakaya, 2013
Debuted at the Exploratorium’s reopening in April 2013, Nakaya’s fog installation stretches across the 150-foot-long pedestrian bridge that spans the water between Piers 15 and 17. Water pumped at high pressure through more than 800 nozzles lining the bridge creates an immersive environment that shrouds participants in mist and puts their senses and surroundings at the center of the experience. The installation is now permanently at the Exploratorium. Fog Bridge was temporarily deactivated in 2014 in response to California's multi-year drought, but it now again bathes the bridge in fog after being reconfigured to run on desalinated water from the Bay.
Although Nakaya’s fog environments have been presented around the world, this is her first project in the San Francisco Bay Area, a region famous for its dramatic fog. With the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, the completion of the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, the America’s Cup, and the reopening of the Exploratorium on the San Francisco waterfront, 2013 was viewed in San Francisco as the Year of the Bay. Amid all of the water-related activity, Nakaya’s project heightened public awareness of San Francisco’s dynamic weather and bay ecology for an international public.
Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya muses on her ephemeral outdoor creation for the Exploratorium—Fog Bridge—explaining it as both an homage to San Francisco and a conversation with nature itself.