‘Glow’ will brighten holiday season with dazzling exhibit at the Exploratorium

"Museum of the Moon," one of the works featured in the Exploratorium's upcoming "Glow" exhibit, is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. It is an internally lit spherical sculpture composed of high-resolution images of the lunar surface that can be viewed from all angles. (Photo courtesy of Museum of the Moon)

An annual light exhibition at the Exploratorium on Pier 15 in San Francisco is set to open this week, just in time for the holiday season.

The exhibit opening Nov. 17 will showcase light sculptures from six artists until Jan. 29 of next year, according to the Exploratorium.

“We are excited to continue our holiday tradition of showcasing brilliant light installations throughout the museum,” said Kirstin Bach, interim director of arts at the Exploratorium. “This year’s GLOW exhibition brings pieces that spark curiosity, heighten our perception, and stimulate conversation.”

For opening night from 6-10 p.m., three of the artists featured — Jen LewinSally Weber and Craig Newswanger — will be present along with a live performance at one of the returning installations, “Museum of the Moon” by Luke Jerram.

Lewin’s installation, “The Last Ocean,” is meant to resemble an ice field where she utilizes reclaimed ocean plastic to explore the climate crisis.

Jen Lewin’s interactive artwork “The Last Ocean” features 1,200 square feet of platforms that light up when visitors walk over them. It is among the works that will be featured during the “Glow” exhibit at the Exploratorium. (Photo courtesy of the Exploratorium)

Weber and Newswanger worked together to bring “Entangled Attraction,” where 100 points of light appear to orbit each other, and “RayLights,” an installation reflecting mandala-like light patterns.

Artist Anila Quayyam Agha brought in light installations inspired by architecture. The final light installation is the other returning visitor favorite “Enchanted Tree” by Burt Libe.

The exhibition will be open on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., and for those 18 and older, Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online.

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