Artist Leo Villareal is poised to transform the western span of the Bay
Bridge into the largest LED light sculpture in the world. The Grand
Lighting of The
Bay Lights will happen on Tuesday, March 5, at 9 pm PT. Virtually
anywhere in San Francisco, the Marin hills or the East Bay with a clear
view of the north side of the western span of the bridge will provide a
spectacular vantage point for this historic moment. A guide to public
viewing spots and special offers is available at www.thebaylights.org.
The Bay Lights by artist Leo Villareal features 25,000 LEDs installed on the vertical suspension cables of the western span of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco. Measuring 1.8 miles long and more than 500 feet high, this monumental piece of contemporary public art will remain on the bridge for two years. Photo Credit: Lucas Saugen
The best view of the artist during the debut of his piece will be
online. A one-hour webcast hosted by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom will
feature coverage of Villareal live from The Embarcadero, the Grand
Lighting soundscape composed by James Healy and documentary footage of
The Bay Lights in development. MediaOne
will present the multi-camera webcast 8:30-9:30 pm PT on March 5
The Grand Lighting webcast also will be archived on this website, which
will stream live images of The Bay Lights nightly for the life of the
The Bay Lights comprises 25,000 energy-efficient LEDs installed on the
vertical suspension cables of the western span of the Bay Bridge.
Measuring 1.8 miles long and more than 500 feet high, this piece of
contemporary public art will remain on the bridge for two years.
To create The Bay Lights, Villareal, an internationally acclaimed light
artist, viewed the Bay Bridge as his canvas. He synthesized patterns
from waves in the San Francisco Bay, traffic, wind and the environment
to complete his artistic vision using complex algorithms.
"Being able to create this monumental piece of public art that millions
of people will see at no cost is a tremendous honor," says Villareal.
"The Bay Lights celebrates light, art and technology in a new way."
The privately funded projct cost $8 million-about $2 million are still
needed in finishing funds. To give to The Bay Lights, visit www.thebaylights.org.
"It is a gift to the city that will generate much more than it costs,"
says Ben Davis, the catalyst of The Bay Lights. Conservative estimates
show that The Bay Lights will add $97 million to the local economy.
has created the commemorative interactive LED pendant for The Bay
Lights. They will be presented formally at the private patron event at Hotel
Vitale in honor of the Grand Lighting and will provide ongoing
support to the fundraising effort. The Bay Lights pendants introduce an
interactive element and feature sequences by Leo Villareal. Priced at
$300 each, the pendants will be available at www.thebaylights.org
starting March 6.
will offer 100 limited edition prints of James Ewing's photograph of The
Bay Lights taken during the first testing session involving the entire
western span. Available March 1 for $300, each print will be accompanied
by a certificate of authenticity signed by Leo Villareal and a portion
of proceeds will benefit The Bay Lights fundraising effort.
Inspired by the 75th anniversary of the Bay Bridge, The Bay
Lights is presented by Illuminate
the Arts (ITA), a San Francisco-based organization dedicated to the
creation and presentation of community-activating public art. ITA hopes
to shine a global spotlight on the Bay Area's cultural community with
The Bay Lights is supported by individual patrons, pro bono counsel Morrison
& Foerster and corporate sponsors Commune
Hotels & Resorts, Illuminode,
and County of San Francisco, Bay
Area Toll Authority and Port
of San Francisco have provided significant assistance and counsel.
Dedicated solar panels installed in Davis, Calif. by CleanPath
will offset all energy used by The Bay Lights. The official fiscal
sponsor of The Bay Lights is ZERO1:
The Art and Technology Network. For more information, please visit www.thebaylights.org.
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