Thursday, December 27, 2012

SF Bay Bridge Western Span Light Sculpture


Consider the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Eiffel Tower, we have many times driven across the Bay Bridge. We know the western span of the Bay Bridge. The iconic western span of the Bay Bridge is a friend of ours. Eiffel Tower, your nighttime light sculpture is beautiful but may not match the passion or scale of our light sculpture on the iconic western span of the Bay Bridge.

-- with apologies to Lloyd Bentsen, 1988 vice presidential candiate.

Outdoor Art: Mega-Scale Light Sculpture

(Excerpt) “Month after month, motorists traveling across the Bay Bridge have watched as the dazzling new eastern span [with its SAS signature element] takes shape high above San Francisco Bay. [However, starting March 5th, 2013] … the old western span will grab the spotlight from its newer, flashier cousin.
Work is proceeding to fit the San Francisco side [western span] of the Bay Bridge with a coat of 25,000 white LED lights, transforming the gray workhorse into a shimmering, undulating light sculpture.
Project organizers say the $8 million, privately funded project, set to sparkle nightly [for two years] ... is the largest sculpture of its kind in the world -- some four times larger than the permanent … [light sculpture] on the Eiffel Tower in Paris…
‘I think people will see the bridge in a new way,’ said Leo Villareal, a New York light sculptor who is writing the algorithms for software to activate the lights...
The sculpture will be visible only from the north side of the bridge, most easily to those walking along the San Francisco shoreline…
Relying on the increasing power of computers and the minimal power needed by LED lights, the Bay Lights sculpture will consume only about $11,000 worth of electricity over two years…
‘Two years is a long time for a project like this to be in a public space,’ Villareal said. ‘It's technically possible to have a longer life, but that's not for me to say. There would have to be a strong showing of public support to even consider extending it.’ “
Source: 25,000 lights to turn Bay Bridge span into giant night sculpture

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