Thousands Turn Out in San Francisco to See Bay Bridge Lights
“Thousands came to watch the debut of the Bay Lights—and the rain couldn’t stay away either.
On Tuesday night, artist Leo Villareal pressed laptop keys that illuminated a project two and a half years in the making.”
The Bay Lights Unveiled: World’s Largest Light Sculpture Illuminates San Francisco Bay Bridge With 25,000 LEDs
“Although the iconic Golden Gate Bridge draws over 10 million visitors each year, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge serves more than double the daily traffic - and tonight it’s finally getting its share of the spotlight. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Bay Bridge, San Francisco has studded its western span with 25,000 LEDs, effectively transforming it into the world’s largest light sculpture. Designed by artist Leo Villareal, The Bay Lights ignites the bridge with glowing forms that fall like rain, rise like fizzing champagne bubbles, and swoop across the bay like passing clouds - and the algorithm-controlled patterns will run for two years straight without repeating.”
“The San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge is having its moment.
The new eastern span opens in the fall. And on March 5, artist Leo Villareal will unveil the Bay Lights, a massive light sculpture he’s designed for the suspension section connecting Treasure Island to San Francisco.”
“The Big Lift, the most amazing feat in the incredible engineering show taking place over the bay between Oakland and Yerba Buena Island, was accomplished Tuesday.
Construction crews building the new Bay Bridge east span completed the complicated task of shifting the 35,200-ton weight of the new single-tower suspension span from temporary trestles that supported it from below to a single mile-long cable, draped across a 525-foot tower and anchored in the bridge deck, which holds it from above.
“This is now, officially, the largest self-anchored suspension bridge in the world,” said Bart Ney, a Caltrans spokesman.”