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The Bay Lights Pictures and Video

The Bay Lights Shine Bright Like a Diamond

The San Francisco Bay Area is abuzz with its latest bragging right. The new Bay Lights art installation, illuminating the Bay Bridge West Span, is now the world's largest light sculpture.

Unveiling March 5, the colossal public art display spans 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high and includes 25,000 LED lights! Much like Christo's famous The Gates project in New York City's Central Park, The Bay Lights is site specific and totally free to the public. Unlike The Gates, however, which was opened less than a month in 2005, this installation will be in place for two, magically light filled years.

The visionary behind the installation is world-famous artist Leo Villareal, who individually programmed the LED lights with complex algorithms and patterns to create a unique visual experience that never repeats. Much like the Eiffel Tower, the lights comes on at dusk and remain in lighted motion until 2am.


Keep reading to watch a behind-the-scenes video with a sneak peek of the Bay Lights!

Photos and video courtesy of the Bay Lights

Join The Conversation
Miranda-Jones Miranda-Jones 4 years
@islandsugar - It is not yet complete! The span that is being worked on is the east span and the one with The Bay Lights is the west span. They are separated by Treasure Island.
ladyrox1981 ladyrox1981 4 years
Are the bridge repairs/replacements completed? This would be a wonderful way to cap off the completion of the newly repaired (and presumably much safer) bridge.
Grace-Hitchcock Grace-Hitchcock 4 years
I can't wait to check this out! Thanks for sharing the video, it got me even more excited.
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