Sounds of the Sea
(at Marina Blvd at the end of the jetty)
San Francisco, CA 94129
Discover the musical wonders of the ocean at this interesting sculpture found at the end of a jetty at the small Boat Harbor in the Marina district, near the Exploratorium. The Wave Organ is a sculpture consisting of 25 organ pipes made of PVC set into granite, marble, and concrete pieces excavated from an old cemetery. When the sea level rises and falls with the tide, the water moves in and out of the pipes, creating a musical effect such as an organ. Peter Richards, a senior artist at the Exploratorium, and George Gonzales, a sculptor and master stone mason, worked together in the creation of the Wave Organ. Its creators were inspired after hearing a recording of a similar phenomenon from a concrete dock in Sydney, Australia and pursued their creative concept until its completion in 1986. The environmental musical sculpture piece features steps and benches for everyone to enjoy the sounds of the sea in an almost giant version of listening to the ocean through a sea shell. The organ is best to visit at high tide.
Nearest Train or Bus:
MUNI BUS: 29
Best Modes of Transportation: Automobile/Car Bicycle Bus Walking
Parking Availability: Yes
Average Price per Hour: Free
Parking Safety: Safe
Notes: Parking available at the yacht club, a short 5-10 minute walk out to the Wave Organ.
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