Ethereal Bodies 8

Submitted by Cliff Garten


Client: Zuckerberg General Hospital and Trauma Center

Location: San Francisco, CA, United States

Completion date: 2016

Artwork budget: $450,000

Project Team


Cliff Garten

Cliff Garten Studio


Patrell Engineering


Burro Happold Engineering


San Francisco Arts Commission


Commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission for the Zuckerberg General Hospital and Trauma Center, in San Francisco Ethereal Bodies 8 creates a dynamic pivot point, activating the south entrance of the hospital and mediating arrivals and departures from the entry area.


The ensemble of sculptures gathers sunlight by day and interacts prismatically with the programmable LED lights that illuminate the sculptures by night. The sculptures are further integrated into the site activities through motion sensors that change the sculpture’s colors as cars circle the roundabout.


Ethereal Bodies 8 is part of a series of sculptures the artist began with Sentient Beings, in North Hollywood, CA. in 2008.

Additional Information

The sculptures’ anthropomorphic quality is complimented by their lightness and open structure. The transparency of the forms allows them to separate and recombine depending upon the viewer’s position offering a cinematic quality when viewed from a vehicle circling the entry drive.