The Bay Lights

Photo by Nicole Aptekar. Posted August 2013.
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The Bay Lights is the world’s largest LED light sculpture, 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high. Inspired by the Bay Bridge’s 75th Anniversary, its 25,000 white LED lights are individually programmed by artist Leo Villareal to create a never-repeating, dazzling display across the Bay Bridge West Span through March 2015.

The Bay Lights is a monumental tour de force eight times the scale of the Eiffel Tower’s 100th Anniversary lighting. Shining from dusk until 2:00 a.m. for two years, it will impact over 50 million people in the Bay Area, with billions more seeing it in the media and online. By conservative estimates, $97 million dollars will be added to the local economy.

Some facts:

1.8 Miles:
The length of The Bay Lights from end to end (approximately 26.4 football fields)

12 inches:
The space between individual LED lights in strand mounted on each cable

500 feet:
The height of the installation to the tallest point

300:
The number of vertical cables on the bridge that fitted with LED lights

240 feet:
The length of the longest bridge cable

2 feet:
The length of the shortest bridge cable

728:
The number of power and data boxes used in the light sculpture system

100,000 feet:
The linear feet of cable for power, fiber and Cat 5 wires in the system

$8 Million:
The total cost of the project to make The Bay Lights a reality

Learn more: http://thebaylights.org/

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The Bay Bridge, San Francisco, CA

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