Monarch - CODAworx


Client: Kaiser Permanente Mission Bay Medical Offices

Location: San Francisco, CA, United States

Completion date: 2015

Artwork budget: $350,000

Project Team


Cliff Garten

Cliff Garten Studio


Kaiser Permanente

Industry Resource

Patrell Engineering


Monarch is located on the grounds of Kaiser Permanente's state-of-the-art LEED Gold certified medical office building in Mission Bay. The sculpture references the mating ritual of the Monarch butterfly. From dusk to dark the sculpture is illuminated with changing colors mapped to its surface.


The work gives pause to think of the relationship of the individual to the creation of a larger community.


Standing 26 feet tall and created from approximately 900 laser cut, stainless steel butterflies, the sculpture is a tonally modulated form whose surface changes in highlight and shadow with changing light throughout the day. Upon approaching the sculpture, one realizes that this fascinating, shimmering surface is actually the aggregation of hundreds of individuals.