On Friday night, 100+ cyclists came and partied at our big gangly sculpture, and less than 24 hours later, Soma was GONE.
Becca and Josh removing the deck, some of the blubs wrapped up… photo by Denise
Beginning at 7am Saturday, we started pulling up the deck boards, removing, wrapping and labeling the delicate blubs, unbolting and removing the dendrites…
Dendrite and deck removal… photo by Sabs
Margaret removes a dendrite, Xa on the ground ready to receive it. photo by Denise
Detaching the axon. photo by Denise
Margaret lowers the axon while Laura watches approvingly. photo by Denise
… and piece by piece…
Amanda and Belen pulling off the deck boards. photo by Denise
The carriage bolts that held down these signs galled up and required several people to remove them. Josh is working the socket wrench from below while Becca pipe wrenches from the top. We were so happy to get those damn things off. photo by Denise
Removing the upper dodeca from its stand. photo by Denise
… the entire thing was taken apart!
Lowering the upper dodeca to the ground for final dendrite removal. photo by Denise
Margaret bringing the dodeca over to the flatbed. Next step: restoring that pentagon-shaped mark on the concrete! photo by Denise
We loaded all its bits on a flatbed truck bound for Vallejo, where we’ll reinstall it in a few months for a whole new community to enjoy!
Suzanne, Laura and J labeling and wrapping the blubs. photo by Denise
We’re back on Pier 14 today, filling in our concrete anchor holes and sweeping up. It’s pretty amazing to consider how much labor went into making this sculpture happen — everything from securing permits to building and testing the electronics to installing a deck and so much more — and in less than a day we pulled the entire thing down. Walk by it now and you’d never know there was a gigantic crazy interactive piece of art there, just a day ago.
By Sunday noon, the holes were all patched, and we were just sweeping up the final bits of detritus. Slinky guides the last section of dodeca support onto the flatbed for Mills to receive. photo by Lorah.
ENORMOUS THANKS to everyone who helped get this thing up AND down. We’re excited to reinstall it in Vallejo soon — more details on that when we have it nailed down.
This was an incredible success for the Flaming Lotus Girls on so many levels, and we are so proud of what we achieved with Soma on Pier 14!