San Francisco 3rd street Light Rail - CODAworx

San Francisco 3rd street Light Rail

Submitted by Bill and Mary Buchen

Client: San Francisco Arts Commission

Location: San Francisco, CA, United States

Completion date: 2012

Artwork budget: $750,000

Project Team


Bill Buchen

Sonic Architecture


Mary Buchen

Sonic Architecture


Artwork enhancements for 7 platforms on San Franciscoís MUNI Third St. Light Rail in the Mission Bay area.


Platform designs include kinetic Helix marquee pole and shadow caster panels based on the Fibonacci spiral at the UCSF biotechnology campus station, Turbine marquee with shadow casters based on historical train yards, Flight marquee pole and shadow caster canopies of laser cut native bird silhouettes. Paving embedments and windscreens are based on historical train names, native birds, and Long Bridge, a horse car rail line that once traced the same route.


This project took 7 years to complete and required careful coordination of all stakeholders. Commissioned by the SF Arts Commission. Structural engineer: Paul Endres, Endres-Ware. Fabrication by Eastern Sheet Metal