One of the myriad things that make Yerba Buena Gardens so fascinating is that there’s always more than meets the eye. Behind every building is a story. Beyond each sculpture, a greater purpose. And once you begin to peel back the layers and look beneath the surface, you’ll discover that each work of art is about more than art.

Just like Leo Villareal’s “Point Cloud,” the LED light installation that hovers above Howard Street. Encased in a glass corridor, it changes color 30 times a second, shifting from red to yellow, green to orange, blue to purple to pink, and so forth. A larger-than-life kaleidoscope that’s particularly stunning at night.

But it’s more than just a dazzling light display. Villareal wrote the installation’s software himself, programming the lights to cycle through an infinite number of patterns. It’s a mechanical work of art that pays homage to the many technological contributions San Francisco has given the world.  

Knowing the purpose behind the piece makes it even more compelling, inspiring you to learn more about the area and the art that fills it. There is always something new to discover. A hidden gem that’s just waiting to be found. Brimming with some of the most progressive artwork in the world, Yerba Buena Gardens is a neighborhood perhaps like no other.