SOMA gets a YEAR-LONG showcase at SF’s Pier 14!

HEY EVERYBODY! For well over a year now, we’ve been working on a very exciting project, one so big that we couldn’t even hint about it… so it is with great excitement that we can finally announce what is HAPPENING:


We get to install SOMA on the waterfront, at Pier 14 along the Embarcadero, and show her off for a whole YEAR!

After months of planning, speculating and reasoning on our end, we presented our proposal to the Port Commission this week, and they were really happy with our plans.


Mills presents Soma to the Port folks.


FLGs attend the Port Authority meeting as we introduce our sculpture to city officials

A Bay Guardian article by FLG Steven T. Jones chronicles the history of temporary public art in SF, going back to 2005 when “city officials began to embrace the Burning Man art world by bringing a David Best temple into Patricia Green in Hayes Valley, Michael Christian’s Flock into Civic Center Plaza, and Passage by Karen Cusolito and Dan Das Mann onto Pier 14.” Most recently the Raygun Gothic Rocketship spent 2.5 years there.

Now it’s our turn, and we’re very excited to finally share our art with our hometown. Soma will be on display where the public can enjoy her, free for everyone to play with and learn from.

There is plenty of work to be done to water-proof, weather-proof, and secure Soma before we install her later this spring. We are replacing all the fire elements with diffused LED lights, changing the light patterns to illustrate how a neuron works, and building information signs all around the piece to explain the science behind the art. And as ever, our art will be controlled by the public — you’ll be able to drive a synapse and see how two neurons communicate with each other.

Soma container at the shop

Soma in her container at the shop; the refab adventure begins!

We’ve already started working on this massive overhaul, delegating tasks and researching the necessary modifications. If you live in the Bay Area and you’ve ever wanted to be a Flaming Lotus Girl, this is a FINE TIME to join us.

Email to let us know you’re interested; our meetings are typically on Wednesday nights but as we get further into this project, we’ll be meeting on other days too.

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