This immersive, glowing meadow will grow back bigger and better on December 2.
Remember this breathtaking, luminous light installation that sprung up in Golden Gate Park’s Peacock Meadow last year? The enchanting exhibition by Charles Gadeken was a hit during the 2020-2021 winter season, and was even extended an extra 2 months because of its popularity. Well, Entwined is scheduled to return this year, and promises to be bigger and better than ever before!
From December 2 until February 1, we will once again enjoy a massive immersive meadow, this time with even more interactive elements. The whimsical installation transforms Peacock Meadow into an otherworldly ecosystem of glowing trees, bushes, and other natural elements created from colorful pixel-like LED lights. The trees ranch from 8-20 feet tall, accompanied by dozens of glowing flower clusters and bushes to create a beautiful meadow landscape.
Visitors can explore this newly re-envisioned installation, which now includes an everchanging landscape with QR codes for the public to access the installation and create their own light patterns. There are also peepholes hidden within tree knots where visitors can peek into hidden worlds, and enchanting visual effects such as ripples in a pond, raindrops, and wind blowing tall grass and flowers. The installation includes 150 lighting patterns with hundreds of variations, and an accompanying audio system brings another level of immersion to the otherworldly meadow.
Local artist Charles Gadeken created this installation with the goal of engaging people of all ages and all walks of life. His work prioritizes accessibility in art, and has been seen at Burning Man, Coachella, and more.
The free, outdoor exhibition will accompany other park attractions, including the holiday tree at McLaren Lodge, light projections at the Conservatory of Flowers, the SkyStar Observation Wheel, and the illuminated Bandshell.
“The City is excited that Entwined has returned to Golden Gate Park and has expanded to be bigger and more engaging,” said Director of Cultural Affairs Ralph Remington. “During the dark winter months, having creative and immersive art experiences like Entwined helps us fully enjoy San Francisco, keeps us connected to one another and increases foot traffic and related nighttime spending that all aid in the City’s recovery. San Francisco has become a destination for outdoor illuminated art installations, and Entwined adds to our fully accessible cultural offerings that delight residents and visitors.”
Entwined is a temporary installation, but it will be open from December 2 until February 1, giving everyone plenty of time to experience the magic. It is located in Peacock Meadow, in the east end of the park between McLaren Lodge and the Conservatory of Flowers.
Featured image: Photo by Jason Chinn, courtesy of SF Parks Alliance