The Interval is located in San Francisco at Fort Mason Center, a historic campus of former military buildings within sight of The Golden Gate and Alcatraz.
Behind the bar we feature a digital “ambient painting” created by Brian Eno. Governed by an algorithm that rotates through a large selection of image components, its composition of vibrant colors constantly evolves and will go through millions of iterations without repeating.
Chalkboard Drawing Machine
“Otto” is a robotic chalkboard drawing machine by Swiss artist Jürg Lehni commissioned specifically for The Interval. It is often used in conjunction with our speaking events.
The Interval houses several artifacts and prototypes for Long Now’s 10,000-Year Clock. The Orrery, located by the front door, is a working planetary display. The Chime Generator prototype was designed to ring a series of 10 bells in a different sequence each day for 10,000 years.
The Manual for Civilization
The Interval is home to a unique library: A few thousand volumes that you might want to have with you if you ever had to sustain or restart civilization. We keep a few hundred of these volumes available on the downstairs shelves.
The Interval opened its doors in 02014 thanks to 1,122 Charter Donors and the support of these Founding Partners:
Because We Can
St. George Spirits
Fort Mason Center