Glimmer - CODAworx


Submitted by Variable Projects

Client: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts / San Francisco Planning Department

Location: San Francisco, CA, United States

Completion date: 2016

Artwork budget: $2,500

Project Team


Adam Marcus

Variable Projects


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts


San Francisco Planning Department


Glimmer is a dynamic installation for San Francisco’s Market Street that invites passersby to enter, touch, and interact with a plush thicket of colorful suspended filaments. These strands, consisting of colored paracord suspended from a simple steel and wire mesh canopy, are cut at varying lengths to form a single volume. The form of Glimmer reinterprets the notion of a masonry vault—typically heavy, solid, and static—as a light, porous, and highly dynamic structure.


The project was selected in an international design competition for the Market Street Prototyping Festival, a 3-day public exhibition along Market Street in San Francisco. It was installed on the public sidewalk along Market Street in San Francisco's downtown financial district for three days in October, 2016.


Variable Projects worked closely with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and San Francisco Planning Department to make sure the project conformed with all public codes and regulations.