Grand Lighting of SF’s “The Pink Triangle” w/ 2,700 Pink LED Lights
Twin Peaks – Vista Overlook | Christmas Tree Point Road, San Francisco CA
The Pink Triangle, once a symbol of one of the darkest chapters in human history and now embraced as a beloved beacon of hope and inclusion, has long been at the center of the city’s annual SF Pride celebration. Yet Patrick Carney’s iconic public art installation atop Twin Peaks is in question – in its 25th year. Social distancing restrictions will make it impossible to construct the massive canvas triangle.
But a milestone effort is underway to Illuminate the Pink Triangle – making it more vibrant than ever. The monumental installation will be augmented by Illuminate, the nonprofit behind the Bay Lights, and will feature 2,700 LED nodes of pink light. The mesmerizing triangle – covering a full acre – will serve as an enduring symbol of San Francisco’s resilience.
The estimated one million annual participants will not be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pride in San Francisco this year, yet through this effort, the city – and the world – will be able to experience something beautiful together when it officially goes live the evening before Pride Sunday.
A Global Grand Lighting is scheduled for Saturday, June 27, starting at 8 PM (Pacific). Watch it streaming live.
For the past 24 years, hundreds of volunteers have gathered near the top of Twin Peaks to install The Pink Triangle. Led by founder and longtime LGBTQ+ activist Patrick Carney, this gigantic hillside installation can be seen from across the San Francisco Bay every Pride Weekend. This year, the Pink Triangle’s 25th anniversary — which coincides with the 50th anniversary of SF Pride — social-distancing restrictions put the status of this large-scale public art project in limbo.
Fortunately, to honor this historic occasion, Carney has teamed up with Illuminate (the nonprofit behind The Bay Lights) to Illuminate the Pink Triangle. This year, a small, specialized team will safely install more than 2,700 LED nodes, creating a vibrant acre of light and revealing a mesmerizing, elegant civic focal point.
To complete the work, Illuminate the Pink Triangle has announced a $85,000 GoFundMe campaign. Contributions are 100-percent tax-deductible and go toward the Pink Triangle account at SF Pride, which has long been the project’s fiscal sponsor. Illuminate is donating services and expertise to realize this civic project.
PINK TRIANGLE DETAILS
- First year of the Pink Triangle: 1996
- Size: almost 200 feet in diameter, covering approximately one acre
- Personnel: in previous years, 300 volunteers
- Illuminated Pink Triangle: 2,700 LED nodes, 43 rows of lights
- Measurements: 100 feet along top, 200 feet along sides
- 2020 Global grand lighting: Saturday, June 27, 8 PM at San Francisco’s Twin Peaks
- Social media hashtag: #ThePinkTriangle
- Established in 2011, in conjunction with the creation of The Bay Lights
- Mission: “Illuminate rallies large groups of people together to create impossible works of public art that, through awe, free humanity’s better nature.”
- Notable Bay Area projects: the Bay Lights, Harvey’s Halo, Conservatory of Flowers, Grace Light at Grace Cathedral
- Established: 1970 as “Gay Freedom Day”
- Executive Director: Fred Lopez
- #Pride50 Celebration information here