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Glow: Festival of Lights

Thursday, December 6–Sunday, January 6, 2019
Exploratorium, Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street)

Included with museum admission.

All Ages


Celebrate the holidays with us and excite your atoms at Glow, our annual festival of ebullient lights and subtle glows celebrating the close of the year. Bask in the mesmerizing gleams of special installations and kinetic sculptures, take a shine to illuminating exhibits, and show your sparkle with scintillating activities.

San Francisco is festive at holiday time, so enjoy the lights and bustle as you stroll along the beautiful Embarcadero waterfront with your loved ones to pay us a visit at Pier 15!

The festivities begin at After Dark: Glow on December 6, where you can savor adults-only programming (18+) featuring unique guest speakers and one-of-a-kind activities.
 

Buckyball

Buckyball
by Leo Villareal
Plaza

Inspired by the shape first explored by futurist and inventor Buckminster Fuller, Buckyball is a towering 25-foot illuminated sculpture featuring two nested geodesic spheres. Composed of 4,500 LED nodes arranged along a series of pentagons and hexagons, Buckyball is animated by custom software programmed by Villareal to display over 16 million distinct colors.

 

 

Cubatron Core

Cubatron Core
by Mark Lottor

Osher Gallery 1

Bask in the cascading colors of this tremendous, torus-shaped sculpture by returning artist Mark Lottor. Twenty-six feet in diameter and eighteen feet high, Cubatron Core is made of 3,840 individually controllable RGB LEDs.

 

 

Enunciation

Enunciation
by Taylor Dean Harrison

Bechtel Gallery 3

Reflect on—and in—Enunciation, a glowing, watercolor-hued stainless steel cocoon by artist Taylor Dean Harrison. The exterior of Enunciation mirrors its surroundings, while the interior features generative motions and color palettes pulled from nature.

 

 

InfiniCube

InfiniCube
by Gabe Levy and Mike Singletary

Bechtel Gallery 3

Can you wrap your mind around the finite with the infinite inside? Try this: InfiniCube is a transparent box containing an infinite expanse of light.

 

 

Noble Gas Chandeliers

Noble Gas Chandeliers
by Laura Stevenson

Bechtel Gallery 3, Webcast Studio

Bask in the luminous glory of group 18 of the periodic table—each chandelier is filled with one of the five nonradioactive noble gases (sorry, radon) and expresses its form and some of its properties. Because each chandelier runs on the same amount of power, you can compare the differences—subtle and not—between the glowing gases.

 

 

The ZOA

The ZOA
By Chromaforms

Bechtel Gallery 3

Let a glowing mega-microbe change your perspective. A mysterious white light emanates from the nucleus of The ZOA, a large pulsating “organism” inspired by the hydrozoa polyp—the nascent form of thousands of ocean creatures.