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Posted on: April 20, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Emeryville Resident Therese Lahaie is a Skyline Artist!


“The Lightbirds” art installation flies atop the Salesforce Tower on Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30

The LED display atop the iconic SalesForce Tower in April features a murmuration of birds made of light.  These “Lightbirds” are designed by light installation artist Therese Lahaie. Therese lives and works in Emeryville and is influenced by the movement of tides and migration of native seabirds that she regularly observes as an open-water swimmer in San Francisco Bay.


Therese’s art “The Lightbirds” is derived from sunlight reflected off technically crafted optical mirrors. The birds’ movements fly with the sun's arc and the rhythm of the earth’s orbit around the sun.  She said, “The Lightbirds" movement with the sun reminds us to let go of our daily hardships and soar with the currents of the air and tides of life.”


Therese’s art was selected for the Tower screen by Jim Campbell, the San Francisco-based artist who engineered the Salesforce Tower display in 2018. Her collaborator and video editor for “The Lightbirds” is Hahn Nguyen, an LA-based director, cinematographer, editor, and California College of the Arts graduate. The Tower uses 11,000 RGBW LEDs to play video imagery 1000' high above the San Francisco Bay and is experienced by 20,000 viewers daily.


For more information about “The Lightbirds” and artist Therese Lahaie visit  

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