Tag Archives: San Francisco

Jurg Lehni’s Chalk-Drawing Machine at The Interval (San Francisco, California)

Viktor – 5000 Years of Chairs from Jürg Lehni on Vimeo.

The Long Now Foundation commissioned Jürg and his team in Switzerland to build a custom version of his Viktor chalk-drawing machine and create software to interface with it for our San Francisco bar/cafe/museum venue The Interval. We are working with Jürg to develop content for the machine and eventually make it a platform for use by visiting speakers and artists.

The design of the chalk-drawing machine is extremely elegant, using an unconventional system of pulleys that is driven by high-quality Maxon Swiss servo motors to triangulate the drawing tool. The motors are coordinated by an open-source controller developed by Jürg himself.

http://blog.longnow.org/02014/11/24/chalk-drawing-machine-unveiling/

The Interval at Long Now
Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94109

Nightlife Thursdays at the California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco)

The California Academy of Sciences is located at 55 Music Concourse Drive in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California.

Every Thursday night from 6–10 pm, a new adventure unfolds. Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in hand and wonder in your eyes. 21+, ID required for entry. Tickets $12 ($10 for members).

http://www.calacademy.org/nightlife

After Dark Thursdays at the Exploratorium (San Francisco)

The Exploratorium is located at Pier 15 in San Francisco, California.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of our monthly After Dark events, we’ve expanded our Thursday evening programs. We’re now open every Thursday night to adults 18 and over; each week we offer a different program to stimulate your senses and expand your mind. Delicious nibbles and outrageous bay views are available at the SeaGlass restaurant, and cash bars offer libations of all kinds. Come for the cocktails, stay for the exhibits, and indulge in endless exploration.

http://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/thursday-nights

Visit Autodesk Gallery at One Market in San Francisco

Come by to explore hands-on exhibits that show how people use technology to imagine, design, and create a better world. Open Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A guided tour begins at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Location
Located near the San Francisco Ferry Building and one block from the Embarcadero Station for BART and Muni, the Autodesk Gallery is easily accessible by public transportation.

Autodesk Gallery at One Market
One Market, Floor 2
San Francisco, CA 94105

Hours
Wednesdays:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Guided tour at 12:30 p.m.

Fridays:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

http://www.autodesk.com/gallery/visit-us

ButterflyWall by Charles Sowers at San Francisco Airport (SFO) in Terminal 2

Butterfly Wall consists of 20 hand-cranked mechanical butterflies that are propelled up a cable to gently flutter back down again in a delightful random choreography dictated by the air resistance of their spinning dichroic wings. When the cranks are not being used, a programed set of movements activates the butterflies.

ButterflyWall from Charles Sowers on Vimeo.

There is also a smaller version near the entrance at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

http://charlessowers.com/

Musical Stairs by Remo Saraceni at Pier 39 Fisherman’s Wharf (San Francisco)

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Musical Stairs are an art initiative that increases physical activity and builds social connection within the communities.

Musical stairs and Big Piano are present in more than 1.000 Children’s Museums, Discovery Center, Science Center, City Subway, Shopping Centre, Music Museums and Children’s Hospital. We have partnered with people around the world to touch more lives with this rare innovation. Musical stairs will continue to influence people positively and more lives will be touched in time to come.

http://www.pier39.com/home/attractions/on-the-pier/musical-stairs/

http://www.musicalstairs.com/

The Interval at Long Now at Fort Mason Center (San Francisco)

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A bar, cafe, museum, and the home of The Long Now Foundation.

Come enjoy coffee or cocktails surrounded by books floor-to-ceiling and mechanical wonders from a clock engineered to last 10,000 years. Featuring Brian Eno’s music and his ambient painting—a continuously evolving, never-repeating work of art. An inspiring venue for great conversations and delicious drinks.

Located in San Francisco’s historic Fort Mason Center within sight of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.

http://theinterval.org/

Eric Staller’s SpiroGyrate in Terminal 3 at San Francisco Airport (SFO)

Commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission, SpiroGyrate is an interactive children’s play area in Terminal 3 of San Francisco International Airport.

Twelve 56″ (142 cm) spirals mesh and seemingly propel one another like so many gears, in an installation that begins on the floor and moves up the wall. Each of these spirals is laser-cut acrylic and each of them is motorized to move clockwise and counter-clockwise in a slow and hypnotic fashion. The piece is interactive, beginning with the viewer’s ability to walk and stand on the spirals, which are under heavy glass plates. Motion sensors respond to people walking over the glass circles and activate color changes in the back-lit spirals.

Fabrication: Rocket Science;interactivity consultant: Tobias Grosse-Puppendahl, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD

http://ericstaller.com/commissioned%20work/SPIROGYRATE/

Sweepers Clock by Maarten Baas (San Francisco)

Is on display at The Exploratorium in San Francisco, California.

http://www.exploratorium.edu/arts/works/sweepers-clock

Maarten Baas combines theater, art, film, and design in Sweeper’s Clock to make a 12-hour-long movie in which two performers replicate an analog clock by sweeping two piles of garbage (one for the hour hand, one for the minute hand) to indicate the time.

http://www.maartenbaas.com/

Sweeper Clock by Maarten Baas from Dezeen on Vimeo.