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Lighting Up Market Street: Launch of the ARTery | Civic Center

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Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE

It’s no secret that Market Street between Powell and Van Ness is a blight, an eyesore and an annoyance to a world-class city like San Francisco. Luckily, there’s plans aplenty to give one of the city’s main arteries a kick in the right direction.

In this event, the aptly-named ARTery Project and the SF Arts Commission plugs in three new art light installations in the Central Market corridor. The works of three internationally recognized light artists will grace these otherwise dour streets for months to come.


  • Light artist Jim Campbell has two artworks in the vacant storefront windows of the American Conservatory Theater building at 1119 Market Street. Both artworks consist of a suspended curtain of 2,000 LED light pixels that project low resolution, moving images featuring pre-recorded scenes of pedestrians and traffic along Market Street.
  • Projecting onto the 7th-Street-side of the Renoir Hotel will be an original light projection titled SONGLINES by artist Paul Notzold. The projection features an animated cartoon of two walking legs surrounded by speech bubbles that will be populated with a different poem every night. The endless motion of the legs represents the importance of having a physical presence in the creation of these stories, which will draw their subject matter from the urban landscape.
  • Projecting onto 1017 Market Street, FACES is an interactive projection by artist Theo Watson that invites the public to have their portrait captured and then dynamically re-drawn larger than life on a wall overlooking Market Street at 6th Street. Passersby will walk up to a “capture station” and have their picture taken. An image of their face will be sent to a display projector where it will be transformed into a, graphic-wheatpaste-style portrait. Faces will show the variety and character of the people moving through the Central Market area.

The launch of The ARTery Project will include a lively community celebration featuring live music and a procession to each installation lead by members of the Bayanihan Community Center and Kularts carrying traditional Filipino parol lantern. Members of the public are encouraged to come adorned in their own lights or to bring traditional light objects to illuminate the streets.

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