FLG loves BRAF!

Nothing big ever happens without an immense amount of support.
Countless individuals and groups all contributed to bringing Soma to
the public, and FLG would like to call out the Black Rock Arts
Foundation for their huge help.

BRAF has plenty of experience with the permit process, and they helped
make it go much more smoothly. FLG knows how to wrench down bolts and
cope pipe, but we are totally new to the process of securing a permit,
predicting the requests of the city, and having every document
accurate to spec and ready to hand over in a tidy package. BRAF helped
keep us sane through all of that.

They were part of our installation crew! They lent us infrastructure,
they helped out on site, and they came through for check-in visits to
make sure we were happy and making good progress. Which we were,
because what’s more fun than building big art with your friends?

Prince Paul of BRAF and Denise, being entirely too goofy up in the boom lift

Prince Paul of BRAF and Denise, being entirely too goofy up in the boom lift

BRAF also gave us a generous pile of funds for the installation of
Soma. This project was not a money-making venture for anyone; we
fundraised for months, we ratcheted our budget down as hard as we
safely could, and we clawed our resources together to bring Soma out
to play. BRAF’s financial contribution was absolutely vital, and none
of this would’ve happened without them.

So HUGE SLOPPY LIPSTICK KISSES go to our pals at the Black Rock Arts
Foundation, for bringing “art everywhere!” and making our city this
much more fun!

Soma’s first news feature!

Local CBS station KPIX did a feature on Soma tonight!


What time does Soma go on at night?

Soma is LIVE

+10 minutes after sunset, every night! And it stays on til 2am.

Easy reference: http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/usa/san-francisco

YES folks, the sculpture is live: the fences came down today and the public is welcome to get up close and see Soma.

We are so extremely proud to raise the curtain and share our art with our hometown!

Pier 14 Soma install, day 2

Another long day of hard work down on the Bay’s edge today… did it go 100% smoothly, without a single hitch? …mmmmmm, almost! And our minor setbacks will mature into hilarious stories, once this thing is all bolted together and we step back to see it all complete. Until then though… we have more typical installation problems to solve… here’s what Day 2 looked like:

friend of FLG Adin Miller works in an office across the street from the Pier... what a cool view!

friend of FLG Adin Miller works in an office across the street from the Pier… what a cool view!


lots going on here… in the foreground is the future wooden platform that will surround the piece. meanwhile, Margaret is lowering the axon into its nook between the nuclei.


THIS IS THE PERMIT that allows us to finally be doing this installation, as modeled by Denise, Pouneh, Mills and Lance. we immediately marked it with pink tape, our signature proprietary color.


over-the-top enthusiasm, while guiding this dodecahedron to its home.


Mills and Denise in the boom lift, after triumphantly getting the last bolt into the last hole and finally securing the axon into its home between the dodecahedron nuclei. victory!

Josh riding the boom lift like a cowboy... giving the axon a little massage.

Josh riding the boom lift like a cowboy… giving the axon a little massage.


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