25,000 Programmable LEDs To Light Up San Francisco's Bay Bridge
If you’re a resident of San Francisco, then you’ll be familiar with the Bay Bridge. For the rest of us, it’s a bridge in San Francisco that has one of the longest spans in the world, according to Wikipedia. On this bridge, artist Leo Villareal hopes to attach 25,000 white LEDs—a stretch of lights that’s one and a half miles wide and 500 feet high—which will be programmable, for a project called The Bay Lights. Providing bureaucracy doesn’t have its way, the project will take place later this year or early next.
Until its completion, you obviously won’t be able to see what it actually looks like, but that hasn’t stopped an artist from imagining it. You can check out the videos above and below to get a conceptual taste. The twinkling lights will be inspired by traffic, water, and local weather patterns and—for comparison, should you need it—it’ll be seven times the scale of the Eiffel Tower’s 100th Anniversary lighting. But make sure to book your trip to San Francisco soon, the piece will only be in place for two years.