The waters of the San Francisco Bay will be a bit darker beginning next month as the Bay Lights display on the Bay Bridge will be turned off—temporarily.
“The Bay Lights,” an $8 million privately funded project created by artist Leo Villareal, will wow visitors near the bridge for at least the next two years. Mayor Ed Lee said an estimated 50 million people in San Francisco and the North and East Bay will eventually see the lights.
A light sculpture made up of 25,000 LED lights strung along the western span of the Bay Bridge will be turned on Tuesday night after months of preparation.
Art and technology come together starting Tuesday night on the Bay Bridge as “The Bay Lights” will be officially unveiled. The highly-anticipated display will light up the suspension span for a two-year-run.
Testing was to begin Thursday evening on LED lights strung along the Bay Bridge’s western span as part of an art installation intended to mark the bridge’s 75th anniversary, organizers said.
Fundraising has began for a public art installation that would turn the suspension cables on the Western Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge into a sculpture of light.