Leo Villareal: The Bay Lights

Categories: Art, Installations, Light

This post is close to my heart. Being from Oakland, I’ve been watching the new monumental east span of the Bay Bridge being built up over the last 5 or so years, anxiously awaiting the day I can drive over it myself, which will all be possible at the grand opening in 2013.

The west side, meanwhile, is set to have it’s 75th anniversary in 2013. In order to commemorate such a architectural accomplishment, the bridge will feature a light installation, known as The Bay Lights (to be unveiled in early 2013), by Leo Villareal.

The Bay Lights from Words Pictures Ideas on Vimeo.

The Bay Lights honors the Bay Bridge’s 75th Anniversary and celebrates completion of the new East Span in 2013. Created with over 25,000 energy efficient, white LED lights, it is 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high, viewable from San Francisco and points north but not by drivers on the bridge itself.

Leo Villareal orchestrates complex, rhythmic artwork composed exclusively of points of light; his groundbreaking work is part of the permanent collection of major museums worldwide.

So far the project has acquired $5.5 Million dollars, with only $2.5M to go! If you’d like to get involved to help make this project happen, go to The Bay Lights web site for more information.

Posted by on October 4th, 2012 at 4:29 PM | Comments (0)

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