Our Mission

Illuminate rallies large groups of people together to create impossible works of public art that, through awe, free humanity's better nature.


The aim of art is higher than art, so ILLUMINATE aims very high. Our highly aspirational mission of changing humanity’s future for the better via public art—some would call it impossible—is a reflection of our core beliefs. The best of our projects will always be radically accessible, free to experience and widely viewable.
ILLUMINATE’s flagship project is The Bay Lights, one of the largest pieces of public art in history. Conceived and permitted originally as a two-year installation, the original artwork shone nightly from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge from March 5, 2013, to March 5, 2015. ILLUMINATE successfully led the effort to return The Bay Lights as a permanent installation, gifted to the State of California, on January 30, 2016.

ILLUMINATE is currently pursuing multiple projects that inspire awe and wonder and we invite your participation.

Our Team

Dickon Pinner


Timothy Childs


Harley K. Dubois


Sriram Krishnan


Lisa Vogel


Patricia Wilson


Special Thanks to Illuminate's Ambassadors:

Mike Butruce, Claire Collins, Asal Ehsanipour, Pablo Rochat, Sona Shah, Isabel Tewes, Jared Wolens


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810 5th Avenue Suite 200
San Rafael, California

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