Organizers of the $8 million “Bay Lights” public art sculpture flipped the switch and 25,000 twinkling LED lights danced along the cables of the Bay Bridge’s western span last week. The Bay Bridge has always played second chair to the Golden Gate Bridge but not any longer, at least for the next 2 years. Each night between dusk and 2:00 a.m., according to artist Leo Villareal, this gift of light will move in patterns and sequences programmed by him on computers housed in the central anchor of the bridge.
The project was the brainchild of our uberboomer, Ben Davis, who said that the Bay Lights is a “work of contemporary art unparalleled in art history.” Hopefully, there’ll be a decision at some point to make it a permanent beacon of light on the Bay.
You can read more about it here. Be sure to play the video. What could be more perfect than a rainy, foggy San Francisco night!
Another mega art technological feat hatched from the genius of Ben’s artist persona (ISHKY) is called Pi in The Sky (3.14159). Mark your calendar for a repeat performance over the Bay Area on March 14 at 1:59 p.m. as part of The Exploratorium’s Pi Day celebration.
Our uberboomer, Ben Davis, founder of Words Pictures Ideas, Chair of Illuminate the Arts and ISHKY is truly a concept visionary!