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ExtraOrdinary!

Artist crouching under multicolored curtain of thousands of threads of yarn. Against a background of blue yarn.
ExtraOrdinary!
Everyday stuff. Incredible art.

Shoes become faces, cardboard whispers, and LEGO® pieces are the stuff of legends in the summer’s most imaginative and playful exhibition. Upend your perceptions, plus explore your inner artist-scientist with hands-on DIY building and fun programs for all ages.

Explore our galleries for stunning installations by nine artists who transform ordinary things—shoes, wooden blocks, LEGO parts, cardboard, miles of string—into the extraordinary. Willie Cole sculpts startlingly expressive masks from shoes and larger-than-life birds from saxophones. HOTTEA ties tens of thousands of knots to create an immense yarn installation in more colors than you can count. Ekow Nimako builds real and imagined African mythology out of LEGO pieces. Slow Art Collective invites you to be the artist in a summer-long, communal weaving and music installation. Kumi Yamashita casts an unexpected shadow with simple wood building blocks. Zimoun’s roomful of cardboard and 400 tiny motors cocoons you in surprising sounds. Caitlin r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett form a glowing, interactive rain cloud out of dead lightbulbs. And visit our pop-up workshop for make-it-yourself building activities that will get your hands and brain busy with the amazing possibilities of everyday materials. See the ordinary transformed this summer—maybe you will be too! 

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Community Partners

San Francisco Chronicle
SFGate Logo
Logo for ABC7 KGO TV
BARTable logo
Bay Area Parent logo