San Francisco Bay Wave Organ

San Francisco’s Wave Organ

A special Wave Organ is located on a jetty in the Marina District of San Francisco.  This unique “instrument” is played by the sea.   A water symphony is created by wave action through the organ’s pipes.  Visitors listen at periscope-shaped ports around the sculpture.  Sound varies from bell-like tones at high tide (best), to running water sounds at low tide (worst).  Notice the granite and marble stones of the jetty – they are debris from an old San Francisco cemetery discussed in this Huell Howser episode of “California’s Gold”:

A video I took of the Wave Organ at low tide (unfortunately) is below.   

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

2 Responses to San Francisco Bay Wave Organ

  1. seapunk2 says:

    I had no idea! I’m thrilled to know about the wave organ and thank you for sharing the information and beautiful photographs!

    • Pam says:

      It’s a real treasure! I was so surprised when I heard that such a thing even existed. Try to go during high tide – it’s a bit of a walk to the end of the jetty, but a fabulous view of the city and Golden Gate Bridge.

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