San Francisco's "other" bridge, the Bay Bridge, is 75 years old (just like the Golden Gate Bridge) and is being dressed up for the birthday. A new art installation comprising 25,000 LED lights are being strung up beginning tonight, tested, and unveiled the first week of March 2013 to continue for two years.
"The Bay Lights"
The first installation of lights on the Bay Bridge was in 1986 upon the 50th anniversary. The
privately funded light display will not be visible to drivers crossing the bridge, but will be seen from the shore. This lighting display will be programmed to create dazzling patterns across the west span.
Artist Leo Villareal, a maestro of computer-driven light art installations seen in major museums throughout the world, plans for the lights to be turned on for about seven hours each night from dusk to midnight from March 5, 2013. The project has drawn widespread support from public and private sector alike. With $5.7 million of the $8 million budget already raised, a further $2.3 million is still being sought. The 2013 America's Cup will certainly shine additional worldwide attention on the project.
San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is actually two bridges, with a connect in the middle on Yerba Buena Island. It is used by approximately 280,000 vehicles daily, on two decks and has the sixth-longest span in North America.