The Bay Lights: The SF Bay Bridge as Public Art

January 28, 2013

For the past year, we have been following famed artist Leo Villareal project to light up the Bay Bridge, the large suspension bridge that connects Oakland to San Francisco, California. He had proposed an LED light installation consisting of 25,000 white LEDs, spaced a foot apart for the west span of the bridge. On March 5, 2013, this will become a reality. The lights will have the function of changing, making abstract patterns based loosely on water, traffic, and weather patterns.

The installation will be viewable from the northeast of the city, however invisible to drivers crossing the bridge so they will not become distracted. In what looked like a project that was going to have funding issues, “The Bay Lights” will now officially live for two years on the San Francisco Bay Bridge West Span, starting with the Grand Lighting on March 5, 2013.

From the Bay Lights project:

The Bay Lights is the world’s largest light sculpture, 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high and inspired by the Bay Bridge 75th anniversary. Using 25,000 white individually programmed LED lights, artist Leo Villareal will create complex algorithms and patterns in a dazzling display across the bridge’s west span.



The Bay Lights from Words Pictures Ideas on Vimeo.