About this project
Our 28’ high x 40’ long sculpture, Soma, made entirely of stainless steel, was originally created for the Burning Man event in 2009. This sculpture is a representation of two neurons connected by an axon bridge. A soma is the cell body of a neuron, which consists of branching dendrites projecting away at different angles, and an axon, which conducts the nerve signal electrochemically to its neighboring cell. FLG's Soma translates the anatomy of neurons into metal, fire and light, magnifying the microscopic world to an epic scale -- while beautifully demonstrating the conjunction of biotech, technology and art that so defines life in the Bay Area.
In this urban installation, Soma features interactive LED lights to create a spectacular daytime and nighttime experience. The LED units, capable of producing 1.6 million colors, are individually controllable. The public will be able to interact with Soma’s computer-controlled LED system directly by pushing buttons that will activate a simulation of the trans-synaptic action.
To prepare the sculpture for its yearlong installation at Pier 14 along the San Francisco waterfront will require a good deal of effort. We are asking for your help towards covering the costs of:
• Upgrading and amplifying the LED lighting system for durability against weather and high salt conditions
• Modifying the piece with stainless steel mesh to protect it from the public and potential vandalism
• Providing the necessary insurance, engineering drawings and structural anchors as well as other features required by the Port of San Francisco
• Building an entirely new ADA-approved platform as a base for the piece designed to protect our electronics
• Preparing and protecting the piece against the elements, vandalism, and ensuring the safety of the public
• Installing interpretive signage that will withstand the elements
• Transportation, installation, operating and regularly monitoring the piece, once installed
We are thrilled to finally be able to show one of our San Francisco-made sculptures in our hometown! You can participate and support our efforts, all by donating to this Kickstarter campaign. Thank you very much!
Yay for Big Art in Public Places!
Risks and challenges
The sculpture is already in existence, and we are just (just!) needing to modify it for this very special long-term installation. It still requires a great deal of time and effort and materials, but it is an attainable goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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