“Graced With Light” at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

“Graced With Light” at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Yesterday we went to see the “Graced with Light” art installation at the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. This stunning installation features 20 miles of multicolored silk ribbons that are suspended from the cathedral‘s ceiling arches as part of an ongoing installation by American visual artist Anne Patterson. “Graced With Light” was originally intended to end on July 2013, but has been extended to February 28, 2014 due to its popularity.

“Graced With Light” at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

This magical installation took Patterson and the Cathedral community eight days to hand-assemble the project and months to complete, with all of the work being done in her Manhattan studio before the final installation in the Cathedral. Hundreds of community members were invited to write their prayers, hopes, and wishes on the red ribbons, sending them towards heaven. Anne Patterson envisioned it as “a series of light pathways, connecting heaven and earth, manifest as ribbons. The ribbons carry our prayers, dreams and wishes skyward, and, in turn, grace streams down the ribbons to us.”

Grace Cathedral is an Episcopal cathedral located on Nob Hill and is a house of “prayer for all people” and all faiths are welcomed without exceptions. It is the third largest Episcopal cathedral in the country and one with the finest examples of Gothic architecture.

“Grace Cathedral took 54 years to build and was officially complete in 1964.

Besides the current “Graced With Light” exhibition you can appreciate two labyrinths, varied stunning stained glass windows, Keith Haring AIDS Chapel altar piece, a replica of Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise, medieval and contemporary furnishings, as well as its 44 bell carillon, three organs, and choirs.

Website: http://www.gracecathedral.org/
Address: 1100 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108

You have until February 28th, 2014 to visit the Grace cathedral, see this magical art installation and experience the peaceful and relaxing time yourself.

Have a Smiley Day!!!

Victoria 😉


Walking the “Lover’s Lane” trail and Wood Line in the Presidio National Park

Presidio National Park Trails: Love Lane - Wood Line by Andy Goldsworthy

One of our favorite destinations to explore with the family in San Francisco are the trails that run throughout the Presidio National Park. Today, we walked “Lover’s Lane”, the oldest foot trail in the Presidio.

Lovers Lane is an easy .6 mile walk straight line down (or up) the hill in a paved pathway. We started at the Presidio Boulevard Gate and ended at Funston Avenue & Presidio Blvd. It was a beautiful scenic walk with the fragrance of the eucalyptus trees.

Presidio National Park Trails: Love Lane - Wood Line by Andy Goldsworthy

The right side of the path is bordered by a dense forest of eucalyptus, cypress and pines which were planted by the military in the late 19th century. On the left side we passed a charming row of historic military housing. There were also wild blackberries on both sides on part of the trail.

The Presidio is rich in military and social history. Lovers Lane got its name because this route was traveled 150 years ago by soldiers on the way to town to meet up with their sweethearts.

Parallel to Lovers’ Lane you can find the “Wood Line”, an outdoor piece of art by British artist and environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy.

Presidio National Park Trails: Love Lane - Wood Line by Andy Goldsworthy

This installation was constructed in a large gap inside the eucalyptus forest where the cypress trees planted in the 1890s died over time. Wood Line was created by trimmed branches, felled trees and eucalyptus trunks collected from the Doyle Drive reconstruction. Each piece of log was carefully selected to create a continuous curving line through the forest landscape. Over time this installation will decompose and return to the earth.

It was a fun family day in a beautiful location…. it was a place for everybody, there were sweethearts, hikers, joggers, kids (and adults) climbing and balancing on top of the wood line and nature lovers…even a team of videographers filming a documentary about the wood line.

Presidio National Park Trails: Love Lane - Wood Line by Andy Goldsworthy

Lovers Lane
Length: 0.6 miles (0.9 kilometers)
Use Type: Pedestrian Trail Only – Bicycles are Prohibited.
Difficulty: Moderate
Lovers Lane and Wood Line are located near the intersection of Presidio Boulevard and West Pacific Avenue.
Wood Line is located just off Lovers’ Lane.
Website: http://www.presidio.gov/explore/trails/Pages/lovers-lane.aspx#.Ufayzo1vNAN

Watch this great video from the FOR_SITE foundation about Andy Goldsworthy – Wood line: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97ap3DwHK1o

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Have you walked Andy Goldsworthy’s Wood Line in Lovers Lane in the Presidio yet?

Have a Smiley Day!!!

Victoria  🙂