San Francisco-based nonprofit Illuminate and Grace Cathedral present Grace Light, a site-specific, large-scale immersive light installation created by George Zisiadis, with an original score composed by Gabriel Gold.
As light emanates from the eaves directly above Grace Cathedral’s famed labyrinth, visitors look upward through a light atmospheric haze and are enveloped in a 100-foot-tall shifting curtain of light. Visitors will lie down within the labyrinth or stand just outside it and be led on a 15-minute journey of light and sound. Through Grace Light, the artists hope to create a space for contemplation.
Check-in for the 45-minute viewings begin 15 minutes prior to start time.
Grace Light viewings are on hiatus from April through August and will return in September 2022. Check back here for Information on tickets and fall viewing dates.
About the Artists
George Zisiadis is a Berkeley, CA-based artist and designer. Zisiadis’ artwork is driven by Sherrie Rabinowitz’s idea that artists must create at the same scale that society has the capacity to destroy. A lifelong love of the commons, instilled from growing up in New York City, led Zisiadis to focus on large-scale, site-specific public installations, striving to create spaces of both communal and individual transcendence. Zisiadis’ work is conceptually driven with each project involving different media and cross-disciplinary teams. His commissioned public artworks include Civic Center Playgrounds, Trust for Public Land, SF, CA (2017); Lightrail, Illuminate the Arts, SF, CA (2016); Bench Go Round, Market Street Prototyping Festival, SF, CA (2015); Stepping Sounds, City of Palo Alto, CA (2015); Urban Imagination, commissioned by Exploratorium, SF, CA (2014); The Listening Tree, Downtown Project, Las Vegas, NV (2014); Pulse of the City, City of Boston, MA (2013). Zisiadis has held artist residencies at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, SF, CA (2014); Planet Labs, SF, CA (2014); and an apprenticeship with Rebar Art+Design Studio, SF, CA (2013). His work has been featured in publications including Public Art Review, TIME, NPR, WIRED, The Atlantic Cities, FastCompany, and NBC Today. Zisiadis has a B.A. in Sociology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. He currently works at Adobe as the curator of their augmented reality artist residency program.
Gabriel Gold is a San Francisco, CA-based music composer, multi-media artist and environmental advocate. A 2019 Artist in Residence at San Francisco’s revered Grace Cathedral, Gold has also been a featured artist with MEDIATE Art Group’s 2015 Soundwave Biennial and his works shown at renowned institutions throughout the world, including the De Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA); California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco, CA); SÍM Gallery (Iceland); and Nordic House (Faroe Islands), with an upcoming exhibition of “View Above, Voice Within”, a collaborative work with Finnish visual artist Lasse Lecklin, inspired by the glaciers of Iceland, opening at the Turku Kunsthalle (Finland) on Feb 2nd. Alongside touring internationally, Gold has released two full-length albums, “Halo” (2014); and “Live at Grace Cathedral” (2016), scored Mudita Arts Ballet’s “Prayer for Peace” (2013); Labayan Dance’s critically acclaimed, “Tears” (2014), and is currently working on a new album in Iceland, produced by Birgir Jón Birgisson (Sigur Ros, Bjork, Of Monsters & Men), which is set to release in 2019. Gold’s musical works, often site-specific to acoustically resonant and “sacred spaces”, aim to merge the worlds of classical and modern composition with traditions of sacred music, intending to inspire thoughts of our relationship to “what is sacred?”, both, in regard to us as human beings and of our relationship to the natural world.
Illuminate rallies large groups of people together to create impossible works of public art that, through awe, free humanity’s better nature. The San Francisco-based nonprofit’s flagship project, The Bay Lights, is a permanent site-specific light sculpture on the Bay Bridge by artist Leo Villareal. Illuminate is also catalyst and presenter of Photosynthesis, a multimedia art installation projected onto the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. More than 20 million people directly experience Illuminate’s work annually.