The Wave Organ is an acoustic sculpture located in the Marina district of San Francisco, on a jetty in the Bay. It was built in 1986 by artist Peter Richards in collaboration with the Exploratorium, a science museum in the city. [2, 4, 5, 6].

San Francisco Wave Organ

The jetty was constructed with material taken from a demolished cemetery, including carved granite and marble, which were used in the construction of the Wave Organ. [1, 3].

Wave Organ

The Wave Organ consists of 25 pipes made of PVC and concrete that snake down into the water, activated by the waves of the Bay.

The Wave Organ

The artist was inspired by a series of Australian sound recordings made from a pipe being hit by ocean waves. [8]. The Wave Organ was created with the purpose of attracting people to the sea to listen to its sounds, similar to the Sea Organ in Croatia. [9].

Wave Organ

The Wave Organ is located at 83 Marina Green Drive in San Francisco and is open all day, free to visit. The best time to visit is during high tide when the waves make the music. If the water is too calm, it may be difficult to hear the sounds. [7].

Wave Organ

The Wave Organ is a favorite spot for many, including a local resident who used to bike there to make-out with their then-girlfriend and now takes their three-year old son to enjoy sunsets. [10].

@whimsysoul just chilling with musical tombstones 🥴 would you visit this? #waveorgan #tombstone #cemetery #sanfrancisco #bayarea #letsgo #californiahiddengems #sanfranciscohiddengems ♬ Dirty River – Ephraim Bugumba