When Imagination Goes Public


When Imagination Goes Public
When Imagination Goes Public
Block by Block 1 by hyphae design laboratory

Sidewalk Project

Block by Block


The Hall at 1028 Market St.



Date Installed

September 2015


hyphae design laboratory


Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Reconfigurable blocks that illuminate Central Market’s sidewalk

Block by Block, is a temporary kinetic 10 x 24 foot installation composed of blocks of milled urban timber and illuminated HDPE plastic. The blocks are reconfigurable, and can be stacked, swung, or pivoted. The installation is open for occupation and interpretation – a platform for performing, protesting, playing and for simply enjoying life on the block.

Block by Block is the hub for Light Up Central Market, a series of installations around 6th and Market Streets that include lighting on the Luggage Store Gallery façade and the illumination of existing murals by artists Clare Rojas, OSGEMEOS, Mark Bode and Jenny Sharaf. From Block by Block, participants can view OSGEMEOS’ mural painted on a building façade across the street and discover the other installations in Central Market.

Read more about Light Up Central Market


hyphae design laboratory, The Luggage Store Gallery, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Public Works, Tenderloin Community Benefit District, The Hall / Tidewater

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