Soma repair weekend was a great success!

For the first time ever since we first installed Soma down at the Pier, all the lights are all on and they are THE RIGHT COLOR! We spent the weekend in the boom lift, and on ladders, reaching up to replace misbehaving LED boards inside the dendrite tips.

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Laura and Denise singing to the dendrites. photo by Catbird.

The geeks were hard at work programming, debugging, and wiring things up. The casting crew gave the blubs some TLC, drilling drainage holes for moisture and giving them a fresh coat of UV treatment. Our ground crew kept the public from wandering underneath our work zone. They chatted with passersby and answered questions about our group, and gave out plenty of stickers.

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Plenty of folks were out on the Embarcadero on this beautiful weekend; some stopped to watch our progress. photo by Sabs.

We had a dynamite crew working together, and our resounding success shows. Come visit Soma after sunset and see how good it looks when all the lights are on and cooperating together!

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Sam catches the sun with a blub.

Stunning time-lapse video features Soma!


San Francisco at Night is a gorgeous hyperlapse film made by Wyatt Roy and Lara Ortiz-Luis. And they chose Soma as their video thumbnail!

Hyperlapse is a form of time-lapse that involves moving the camera itself, often over long distances. Watch this stunning video and it’ll all make sense.

Dang, we sure do live in a good looking city.

Soma electronics build party a resounding success!

This past weekend, some FLG geek heroes got together and built up a whole slew of new driver boards for Soma’s LEDs. By all accounts it was a fabulous and productive day.  We made nearly 30 new boards, and repaired/salvaged over a dozen others. Laura K and Carolyn organized a strong crew of fabricators, and Lorah G caught all the magic with her camera.


Carolyn peers through the magnifier while reworking a board


Laura K & Sarah T hard at work


Rick tests the temperature as this board cooks its solder on the hot plate


here’s Tad, being excited about electrons


stenciling the solder paste onto a new board… sticky process!

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We’ll be having another workday soon to finish mounting all the boards in their brackets and waterproofing them. Then we’ll head down to the sculpture and replace our faltering bulbs’ innards.

Soma cameo in an article about tidal flooding

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photo by Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle

An article in SF Gate about king tides features Soma in the background. King tides are the highest tides, and they flood Pier 14 up to the Soma decking on a regular basis. All that waterproofing has been paying off!


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