A to Z – 2023 – B is for Bayview Rise

Happy Monday folks. I am blogging this year about a San Francisco experience called “Illuminate SF” which is “a celebration of the ability of light art to transform our most familiar spaces and an opportunity to turn the long nights of winter into an inspiring time to visit San Francisco” according to their website. While I missed the chance to see the temporary installations that went from November 9 through the end of January, I was able to get enough of the permanent ones to fill my A to Z. Today we look at Bayview Rise.

Bayview Rise” is an illuminated mural on the grain elevator and silos near Pier 92. It is on the north entry to the Bayview District which has typically not been a great part of town. My daughter was the driver on this trip and I didn’t want to hang around the area too long.

It was designed by Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan in 2014 and is supposed to be about the “interaction of color and light with imagery about and for the community.” It is 187 feet tall and visible from the freeways and hillsides. I can see it when we take the train into San Francisco to see the Giants at Oracle Park.

According to the description on the Illuminate SF website the lights are supposed to shift causing parts of the mural to glow and other parts to remain in darkness, “making images appear to float in and out of the scene.” Honestly, I stood there for several minutes taking pictures and didn’t see any changes in the lights.

Hubby took me in to get another shot of it during the day. I like this better than the illuminated one. What do you think? Also, didn’t connect until I was writing this that “B” is for balloons too!

This was one of the least impressive, to me, of the different exhibits. I had wanted to write about the Bay Bridge lights but because they are too expensive to keep up, they were turned off. There is talk of fundraising to get them back and expand them so maybe in a few years they will again be part of Illuminate SF.

Best viewing of the Bayview Rise: Look east on Interstate 280 between Cesar Chavez and Mariposa Exits. For an up-close experience, check it out from Bayview Gateway Park between Third and Illinois on the south side of Islas Creek.

Day two done. We have a long way to go. I am going to try and visit as many new folks doing the A to Z Challenge as I can. You should too!

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22 Responses to A to Z – 2023 – B is for Bayview Rise

  1. Pingback: A to Z – 2023 – Reflection | Janet's Smiles

  2. I like both the night and day shots – they look and feel so different. I’m enjoying the tour, Janet.

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  3. Yes I like the daytime look better than the nighttime. Stay safe in your rides. Isn’t it sad that we have to feel so unsafe in our world today.

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  4. joyweesemoll says:

    I like the illuminated one better, but that’s just because I have a passion for purple.

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  5. SF has so much character. Thanks for sharing it.

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  6. zuludelta45 says:

    Hey! I had not heard of the IlluminateSF before, but this is Wicked Cool!! I have decided I like both or your pictures; day and night, and look forward to your blog and a minute to check out the illuminate SF website! Zulu Delta

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  7. E.A. Wickham says:

    I like how it’s so different from night to day.

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  8. Omigosh, when I first saw the picture I thought it read B-A-C-O-N! Ha ha ha, can you tell where my mind was. I like the day time look better than the night time look also. It probably felt a little more safer with hubby too. ☺

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  9. Jamie says:

    Interesting. Something else I was not aware of.

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  10. Street art is fascinating, Janet.

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