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The Bay Lights, San Francisco

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The Bay Lights is a site-specific monumental light sculpture and generative art installation on the western span of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, designed to commemorate the 75th anniversary of its opening. The installation by light artist Leo Villareal includes 25,000 individual white LEDs along 1.8 miles (2.9 km) of the cables on the north side of the suspension span of the bridge between Yerba Buena Island and San Francisco. The installation is controlled via a computer and displays changing patterns that are not meant to repeat. The opening ceremony was held on March 5, 2013.

Initially intended as a temporary installation, which ended on March 5, 2015, the project was re-installed as a longstanding feature of the Bay Bridge with permanent fixtures that were re-lit on January 30, 2016.

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  • Coming back to the East Bay at night, these lights along the Bay Bridge are splendid, a fabulous feature of the new span. Art in the form of street lights.  more »
  • At night, we enjoy seeing the Bay Lighs of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. This time we enjoyed the show from our seat at the Top of the Mark at the Mark Hopkins Hotel.  more »
  • Absolutely a fabulous time on Gas Light! What a beautiful sailing vessel and wonderful crew. Perfect way to celebrate my wife's birthday! I would highly recommend this to anyone with a special occasion or just a great day on the bay!
  • Absolutely phenomenal experience from the sailing itself to the amazing crew on board. Looking forward to our next sail with the Gas Light!!

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