SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The sponsors of an illuminated art project on the San Francisco-Bay Bridge that was supposed to stay up for only two years say they have found a way to keep the lights on.
Illuminate the Arts said Wednesday that private donations and a deal with the Bay Area Toll Authority will allow “The Bay Lights” to keep shining on the bridge following an intermission of many months next year. It is slated to close temporarily for maintenance and reopen in January 2016, in time for Super Bowl 50.
Created by New York artist Leo Villareal, “The Bay Lights” consists of 25,000 Philips Color Kinetics LED lights and nodes, spaced a foot apart on the span’s vertical cables and individually programmed to produce sequences of shifting light.
Illuminate the Arts says the sculpture will be taken down as originally planned next March so maintenance crews can clean the cables. But after that, the project will be reinstalled and permanently gifted to the state.
(photo credit: Lucas Saugen)
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