As if the soaring tower itself hasn’t added enough drama to San Francisco’s prickly skyline. Next week, the new Salesforce headquarters downtown will feature its very own flashy, almost psychedelic light installation.
They turn on the juice May 22 at which time designer Jim Cambell’s 11,000 LED lights will begin dancing nightly throughout the top six levels of the 61-floor tower that opened for business earlier this year. The installation, along with the building’s decorative crown that peaks out at 1,070 feet above the street, is sure to dazzle Bay Area residents and visitors for miles around.
Previously known as the Transbay Tower, the building was renamed Salesforce Tower and it now dominates the city’s nearly 500 high-rises, relegating the iconic Transamerica Pyramid (853 feet) to a mere also-ran.
Cambell’s light show, which will grace America’s 11th tallest building, promises to join artist Leo Villareal’s Bay Lights installation on the western span of the Bay Bridge as another instantly iconic fixture atop The City by the Bay.
So, until Campbell’s piece is formally unveiled on Tuesday, here’s a peek at the light that is coming to town. Over the last couple of weeks, as Curbed reported this week, the installation’s “:practice run has enticed, delighted, and perplexed many wondering what on earth is happening on top of the city’s tallest high-rise. So far the scene shows a montage of joggers, pedestrians, and clouds.”
Curbed says that cameras placed around the city by the artist has been taking photos around town by day and that these images will be displayed on the building’s forehead by night. Have a look at some of the images that have shown up on Instagram:
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