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'The Bay Lights' to Illuminate San Francisco

By February 27, 2013

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San Francisco Bay Lights

One year after the Golden Gate Bridge celebrated its 75th anniversary, it's time for San Francisco's other bridge to shine. On March 5th, The Bay Lights, which will be installed on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge ("The Bay Bridge"), will officially begin its two-year run as the world's largest LED sculpture with a grand lighting ceremony.

Artist Leo Villareal, who is known around the world for his light sculptures, "will network 25,000 individually programmable, white LED lights...to create complex algorithms and patterns across the western span" of the bridge. According to The Bay Lights website, the installation will be on view every night from dusk until 2 a.m. through March 2015, from various points around the Bay Area. Organizers of The Bay Lights have mapped out the best views, from public vantage points to hotel rooftops. To prevent distracted driving, motorists on the bridge will not be able to see the lights.

If you're headed to San Francisco, be sure to check out The Bay Lights. You may also wish to read this recent round-up of the 49 Places in San Francisco That You Might Have Missed. Further advice for San Francisco travel planning is available from About's Guide to San Francisco Travel and the San Francisco Travel Association (twitter: @onlyinsf).

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