PHOTOSYNTHESIS

Flowers power the night this summer as the Conservatory of Flowers becomes the canvas for a spectacular light art installation. This is free nightly spectacle transforms the all-white landmark with a series of exquisitely illuminated scenes inspired by the rare tropical flowers within and the legacy of San Francisco’s flower children.

Developed in partnership with San Francisco Recreation and Parks and by Illuminate, the nonprofit arts group behind the famed Bay Lights, and Obscura Digital, a world-renowned creative studio specializing in large scale light-based art, the installation was first launched in honor of San Francisco’s city-wide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love in 2017.

Nightly Illumination

The outside of the Conservatory of Flowers will be illuminated at dusk, and continue to run as a loop throughout the night. The best viewing areas are on JFK Drive and in Conservatory Valley. Parking is available along JFK Drive.

Nightly – Sundown to midnight.

FREE – This is a public art installation and occurs outside the Conservatory.

Developed in partnership with San Francisco Recreation and Parks, the light art installation, initiated by Illuminate, the nonprofit arts group behind The Bay Lights, together with Obscura Digital, a world-renowned creative studio specializing in large scale light-based art, uses gobo projectors to transform the all-white landmark with a series of exquisite scenes inspired by the rare tropical flowers within this national landmark.

The Surrealistic Summer Solstice is produced by Dawn Holliday with the musical direction of Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz.

The Conservatory of Flowers and Recreation and Park Department is grateful to the event sponsors, and numerous civic leaders and organizations for supporting the event.

You can help the Conservatory by donating directly towards funding this exhibit.
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PAST INSTALLATIONS

From December 7, 2017 – June 15, 2018, “Photosynthesis: Love for All Seasons,” This program transformed the Conservatory into an elegant illuminated canvas of fall, winter and spring scenes. Read more about it here.

From June 21 – November 26, 2017, flowers powered the night in honor of San Francisco’s city-wide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. The Conservatory of Flowers became the canvas for its first ever light art installation. Read more about it here.

VISIT US

Whether you’re a native San Franciscan, a visitor from another side of the world, or a classroom of budding botanists, the Conservatory of Flowers offers an intimate up-close experience with rare and endangered plants unlike any other. Come see what treasures await you!

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