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. However, in response to California Govenor Jerry Brown's statewide water restrictions, we have turned it off until further notice. We are exploring alternatives, such as desalination, and look forward to bringing it back when possible.
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.