Please join David Jamison and The City Club of San Francisco in welcoming Ben Davis to the Roundtable. Ben is the visionary behind The Bay Lights, asking in 2010, “What if the Bay Bridge were a canvas of light?” Two-and-a-half years later, after teaming with internationally acclaimed artist Leo Villareal, a vast community had come together to fully permit, design, install, fund and celebrate an historic, transformative moment—the March5, 2013 grand lighting of the world’s largest LED light sculpture. Under Ben's leadership, The Bay Lights are now a permanent installation, and were gifted to the state of California and its residents on January 30, 2016.
For more than a quarter century, Ben has led communications on civic mega projects and matters of public safety, public health, public transit, the environment, urban revitalization and public art. He cut his teeth working as the manager of public information on the $4B Boston Harbor Cleanup project. In 1994 Ben moved to SF and founded the creative agency WORDS PICTURES IDEAS with the mantra of “Do Good. Have Fun. Learn.” A recipient of two international Webby Awards for best website in government, Ben has helped name, brand and communicate about infrastructure projects totaling more than $15B in civic investment.
ILLUMINATE aims to alter the arc of human history through the creation of transformational works of public art. Their mission is to produce contemporary art with civic impact, social activation and global reach to stimulate a culture of generosity, community, and collaboration.
Luncheon will be served.
This will be a small group to allow for questions and discussion. Seating is limited.