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SF is Getting a New 20-Ft. “Star” Light Sculpture for the Holidays

30,000 sparkling LED lights will be seen for miles for December & January
By - posted 11/19/2020 No Comment

Beginning the second week of December, a series of light sculptures will pop up in succession in San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, and Los Angeles. Illuminating the West Coast throughout the months of December and January, four outdoor installations have been commissioned by North America’s leader in sustainable real estate development, Kilroy Realty, not only as a gift of art to surrounding communities, but to express hope for the year ahead.

The Kilroy Star is a stellated dodecahedron installation of light and movement. It spans 20 feet in diameter and is outfitted with more than 30,000 individually programmable LED bulbs. The sparkling structures may be seen from miles away and will be configured to oscillate in various rhythms and patterns of dynamic light. Constructed of custom cut steel and aluminum, each installation will be securely mounted atop four prominent West Coast Kilroy buildings to withstand wind, seismic, and other outdoor conditions.

Kilroy is partnering with a team of renowned artists and fabricators to bring the 3D art to life. The ornate Stars are designed and built by Oakland-based Engineered Artworks, a working group of creatives widely recognized for their eccentric installations at Burning Man, in partnership with Zoetic Digital, digital art program creators out of San Francisco.

In fostering the sublime power of art within our communities, The Kilroy Star’s inaugural debut is a unique reflection of its place and time. “Now more than ever, we need avenues that inspire, and in a post-pandemic world, the role of public art will be even more important,” says John Kilroy, CEO of Kilroy Realty, which has a robust art program, with over 300 pieces throughout its West Coast real estate portfolio.

Traditionally, stars constitute a universal trope, oftentimes a guiding compass in moments of darkness. The Kilroy Star will be situated on high points within each of the four cities—giving public spectators on-going opportunities for meaningful encounters with art in the course of daily life. Looking ahead, Kilroy aims to utilize the Stars annually to celebrate the unique communities in which they reside.

UPDATED: Will light up the week of December 6-12 (TBD) – January 31, 2021
The Exchange on Sixteenth (SoMA)
1800 Owens St., San Francisco, CA 94158

Week of December 6, 2020 – January 31, 2021
333 Dexter (South Lake Union)
333 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109

Week of December 13, 2020 – January 31, 2021
2100 Kettner (Little Italy)
2100 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

Week of December 20, 2020 – January 31, 2021
Columbia Square (Hollywood)
1525 N. Gower St., Los Angeles, CA 90028