A to Z – 2023 – M is for Monarch

I know I have been using some creativity to connect the dots on the A to Z but for this one I am able to match the name of the Illuminate SF installation to the correct letter of the alphabet! Actually, there were 14 of the 26 that I was able to match exactly.

The Monarch sculpture was designed by Cliff Garten in 2015. It is made of stainless steel and LED lights. It depicts the metaphor of how individuals become stronger by gathering together in communities. San Francisco has a “percent for art” requirement for new buildings and this piece was chosen by local Kaiser Permanente staff.

During the day sunlight breaks through the installation highlighting individual butterflies. At night programmable LED lights illuminate the gathering with “multi-colored luminescence.” I didn’t see any changing colors but it did look different from different spots in the little park. Maybe it was still too early, although it was dark out and I did wander about a bit getting it from different angles.

And while I was getting those pictures I saw this:

Another one of the Hearts of San Francisco from the 2021 A to Z!

Best Viewing: The Monarch is located at 1600 Owens Street outside the Kaiser Permanente Medical Offices. Arrive after dusk to view the oscillating LED illumination (which I didn’t see – LOL)

We made it through the second week! Are you having fun going through SF with me? I’ll see you next week. We still have a few really cool lights to see.

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16 Responses to A to Z – 2023 – M is for Monarch

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  3. DB McNicol says:

    That is spectacular!

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  4. Tamara says:

    Wow, I just found another reason to love San Francisco: How cool it is to dedicate a percentage of the construction costs for artwork associated with the project?

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  5. Jamie says:

    I’d love to go see this!

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  6. I bet the photos don’t do this Justice. Sometimes you just need to see in person but as we can’t… I’m enjoying it through your eyes

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  7. mollyscanopy says:

    Congrats on making it through week 2! I love this Monarch sculpture. In my community garden, we are planting milkweed for the actual monarchs to enjoy. Kind of fits with your theme for today — joining together in community.

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  8. kristin says:

    I just found you. This sounds and looks like an interesting sculpture.

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  9. It’s cool that the building employees got a say in which art they would have.
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