We are very excited to announce the installation of Soma, along the San Francisco waterfront at Pier 14!
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.
Soma, Definition: 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.
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 is able to interact with Soma’s computer-controlled LED system directly by pushing buttons that activate a simulation of the trans-synaptic action. The LEDs go on at sunset, every night.
28’ high x 40’, Soma, is made entirely of stainless steel and was originally created for the Burning Man event in 2009. This sculpture is a representation of two neurons connected by an axon bridge, using LEDs to represent the electrical impulses in the brain.
We are thrilled to finally be able to show one of our San Francisco-made sculptures in our hometown!
Yay for Big Art in Public Places!