Skyline Artist Lightbirds "Soar" the SalesforceTower in Spring Migration

Lightbirds fly atop the SalesForceTower Art, brings attention to the Spring migration of bird species that travel the Pacific Flyway in San Francisco and those no longer with us. We hope that watching birds of light soaring lifts spirits in difficult times.

Watch the migration live April 1- 26 from 12 AM - 1 AM - see dates below expanded performances and watch parties.

Watch Party: Skyline Artist Therese Lahaie's Lightbirds Fly
Salesforce Tower!

About this event
Skyline Artist Therese Lahie's Lightbirds Fly Salesforce Tower!
Join the artist and her friends to watch the migratory art performance from the luxurious View Lounge
atop the Marriot Marquis in downtown San Francisco.

Tickets are free, but space is limited. RSVP today!

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Experience light artist Therese Lahie's Lightbirds fly atop Salesforce Tower
Thursday, April 27th, 8 pm - 10 pm.
Saturday, April 29th, 8 pm to 11 pm
Sunday, April 30th, 8 pm to 11 pm.

Thursday, April 27th, Corner of Embarcadero and Howard Street

Saturday, April 29th & Sunday, April 30th, 8 pm to 11 pm.
The View Lounge at the Marriot Marquis in San Francisco, 780 Market Street, San Francisco

We met with Jim Campbell for three live tests at 5th and Brannan in San Francisco.
Jim uploads our reels from the tailgate of his Volvo station wagon, and moments later,
the birds are flying on the Tower, and critiques commence.

My collaborator from Running Reel Films, Hahn Nguyen,
and I refined our content, contrast, scale, speed, and color palettes.
Hence, birds with forty-foot wingspans soar on updrafts bringing
calm and vibrancy to the San Francisco Bay Area.


Light installation artist Thérèse Lahaie is influenced by the tides and seabirds she sees as she swims in the San Francisco Bay. Employing sunlight and optical mirrors, her Sunbird reflections occur during the day, then shift after sunset to video projections with a second set of light patterns for a nighttime migration.  

In addition to compelling art installations the “Lightbirds" are also a call to action for protecting seabird habitats and the impact of warming oceans on birds. This series began to bring recognition to half a million Common Murres, diving sea birds that we have lost since 2015 due to warming oceans on the Northwest US & Canadian Coast. The shapes of the sun's reflected light are reminiscent of birds and fish, as Murres can dive hundreds of feet deep to feed.

Lightbird installations have been temporary pop-up events and semi-permanent installations to date. The current mission is to grow the migration of Lightbirds to interior and exterior public and private spaces. This goal requires raising funds for engineering the technically formed mirror optics in acrylic and mirrored stainless for wall and pole mounting for architectural scale installations. The goal is to use these formed mirrors to reflect Lightbirds with 20’ - 60’ wing spans that fly with the sun on building walls, and to do so. Our goal is to raise $50,000.

The Salesforce Tower Lightbird installation is my biggest canvas for Bay Area audiences, and please keep the Lightbirds soaring by supporting our mission.  


1) Support the artist, Therese Lahaie through her company, 7Birds, on the Lightbird Project mission by following the QR Code below:

2) Support the Lightbird Project through our fiscal sponsor, The Kala Art Institute (501 c3)

Kala Art Institute’s mission is to help artists sustain their creative work over time through its Artist-in-Residence and Fellowship Programs, and to engage the community through exhibitions, public programs, and education.

The heart of Kala’s mission as a vital, California art-making hub is supporting artists and engaging the community. Kala offers professional facilities to those working in and across printmaking and digital media, installation, sound, and performance.

The Kala Institute receives 10% of every donation.

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