San Francisco Bay Bridge will soon show off a dazzling display across its west span with the world's largest installation starting on March 5, 2013.
The bridge will celebrate its 75th anniversary this year in a project called "The Bay Lights" which is the world's largest light sculpture of 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high. The project will adorn the Bay Bridge with 25,000 individually programmed white LEDs, creating complex patterns and animations.
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The Bay Light artist Leo Villareal is known internationally for his light sculptures and site-specific architectural works - his light sculptures are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum in Kagawa, Japan. The artist's intention for the project is to turn it into a mirror of its environment through echoing the water it will reflect.
The non-profit and privately funded Illuminate the Arts has sent people to install 500 LEDs in the middle of the night. Once finished, the installation expects to create a huge impact on over 50 million people in the Bay Area and billions viewing it online. According to its website, the project is to "spark creativity, innovation and inspiration for all people across all demographic." In addition, it estimates to add up to $97 million to the local economy.
This striking fine art will shine from dusk to midnight for two years on the Bay Bridge west span, starting with the grand lightning on March 5, 2013