- Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building - http://inhabitat.com -

World’s largest light sculpture will permanently illuminate San Francisco Bay Bridge with 25,000 LEDs

Posted By Mike Chino On January 28, 2016 @ 1:28 pm In Architecture,Art,carousel showcase,Design,Features,Green Lighting,Urban design | No Comments

The last time we checked in with Leo Villareal [1], he had just installed a gigantic glowing LED Buckyball [2] in NYC’s Madison Square Park. For The Bay Lights [3], Words Pictures Ideas [4] founder Ben Davis called upon the acclaimed artist to create a monumental, first-of-its-kind light sculpture. A team of specially-trained riggers hand-wired 25,000 LED [5] nodes on 300 vertical cables that run the length of the Bay Bridge’s 1.8-mile-long western span. The cables rise over 500 feet high, and the nodes are spaced at one foot increments.

In designing the Bay Lights, Villareal was inspired by the site of the Bay Bridge. The patterns that race across the span call to mind passing traffic and boats, cascading waves, and shifting weather conditions. The state-of-the-art system features advanced cloud-based technology that remotely monitors and maintains the lighting.

the bay lights, leo villareal, led, green art, eco art, led lighting, bay bridge, san francisco, bay bridge lighting installation, sustainable design, green design, energy-efficient lighting, green lighting, light emitting diode, led art, bay area, led light installation
Photo by JamesEwing

The lighting project uses approximately 4.5 miles of cable and 25,000 LEDs with Leo Villareal’s extraordinary algorithms and patterns. When combined, the historic bridge is transformed into a dazzling work of art.

+ The Bay Lights [3]

+ Leo Villareal [1]

Photos (1 [6]) and (2 [7]) by James Ewing; All other photos and video by Mike Chino for Inhabitat


Article printed from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building: http://inhabitat.com

URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/the-bay-lights-unveiled-worlds-largest-light-sculpture-illuminates-san-francisco-bay-bridge-with-25000-leds/

URLs in this post:

[1] Leo Villareal: http://www.villareal.net/

[2] gigantic glowing LED Buckyball: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/leo-villareal-to-create-giant-glowing-led-buckyball-for-madison-square-park/

[3] The Bay Lights: http://thebaylights.org/about/

[4] Words Pictures Ideas: http://wordspicturesideas.com/

[5] LED: http://inhabitat.com/tag/led/

[6] 1: http://inhabitat.com/the-bay-lights-unveiled-worlds-largest-light-sculpture-illuminates-san-francisco-bay-bridge-with-25000-leds/thebaylightssf/

[7] 2: http://inhabitat.com/the-bay-lights-unveiled-worlds-largest-light-sculpture-illuminates-san-francisco-bay-bridge-with-25000-leds/thebaylights_leovillareal/

Copyright © 2011 Inhabitat Local - New York. All rights reserved.