18 and up after hours party at the Exploratorium explores the science of the phenomenon of glow
After Dark: Glow at the ExploratoriumExploratorium Pier 15 (Pier 15, San Francisco, CA) Map it $15
Excite your atoms at After Dark: Glow. On this dark winter night, we bring you ebullient lights and subtle glows from our eyes’ visible window onto the electromagnetic spectrum.
Arching above the Central Gallery is Cubatron Core**, a tremendous torus of cascading colors by Mark Lottor. Twinkling through the gloom of Fujiko Nakaya’s Fog Bridge is Michael Brown’s playful garden of Playaflies—LED-laden “trees” that respond to movement. Steel Love Design invite your spin on their flashing, cut-metal sculpture The Whirld, and Peter Hudson’s Homouroboros** animates the Plaza with outsized, cinematic monkey business.
Take a shine to illuminating films and exhibits, and show your glow with hands-on activities. Create kaleidoscopic chaos with Ken Salter’s Chaotic Fractal Generator, build a mesmerizing light box, or make a phosphorescent plankton trap—and then observe your catch under an HD microscope. See the fascinating green fluorescent protein (GFP) glowing in bacteria, worms, and fish eggs, and discover fluorescence in everyday objects—including yourself.
Glow intersects with the IlluminArts Walk, a strolling light installation hosted by the Black Rock Arts Foundation and Illuminate the Arts. Participants lit with wearable art will bridge the night sky between two light works: The Language of the Birds in North Beach and Homouroboros on the Exploratorium’s public plaza—while encountering vistas of The Bay Lights along the way. This event has been created in support of San Francisco Travel’s new “Illuminate SF” program.