San Francisco Bay Bridge Gets Physics-Based Light Display

Posted: May. 3rd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

It's about time the San Francisco Bay Bridge gets some love; after being overshadowed in popularity by the Golden Gate Bridge for decades, the Bay Bridge has finally received an installation that highlights the architecture and aesthetic beauty of the bridge while adding an awe-inspiring display that lights up the bridge in the evening.

For the next two years, San Francisco's Bay Bridge will have quite the nightlife. Officials threw the switch March 5 on a new public art installation, turning on 25,000 light-emitting diodes (LEDs) affixed to the suspension cables on the western span.

This public art installation will shine from dusk until 2 a.m. each evening with patterns of light that never repeat, thanks to a computer program created by artist Leo Villareal.

This program, based on software used by graphic artists to simulate rain or snow for movies and games, allows Villareal to flick points of light on and off according to a specific set of rules that he determines.

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