Ethereal Bodies 8 - CODAworx

Ethereal Bodies 8

Client: Zuckerberg General Hospital and Trauma Center

Location: San Francisco, CA, United States

Completion date: 2016

Artwork budget: $450,000

Project Team


Cliff Garten

Cliff Garten Studio

Public Art Agent

San Francisco Arts Commission

San Francisco Arts Commission

Industry Resource

Patrell Engineering

Industry Resource

Burro Happold Engineering


Commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission for the Zuckerberg General Hospital and Trauma Center, in San Francisco Ethereal Bodies 8 creates a dynamic pivot point, activating the south entrance of the hospital and mediating arrivals and departures from the entry area.


The ensemble of sculptures gathers sunlight by day and interacts prismatically with the programmable LED lights that illuminate the sculptures by night. The sculptures are further integrated into the site activities through motion sensors that change the sculpture’s colors as cars circle the roundabout.


Ethereal Bodies 8 is part of a series of sculptures the artist began with Sentient Beings, in North Hollywood, CA. in 2008.

Additional Information

The sculptures’ anthropomorphic quality is complimented by their lightness and open structure. The transparency of the forms allows them to separate and recombine depending upon the viewer’s position offering a cinematic quality when viewed from a vehicle circling the entry drive.