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30,000 LED Bay Lights Art Installation for the Bay Bridge

The Bay Lights from Words Pictures Ideas on Vimeo.

The Bay Lights is a very exciting art installation proposed for the Bay Bridge to help mark the bridge’s 75th Anniversary by displaying the dancing lights on the north side of the Bridge from 2012 – 2014. A similar light installation was used to mark the 100th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

From Amy Critchett of The Bay Lights project:

Similar to the ambitious lighting of the Eiffel Tower for its 100th anniversary, The Bay Lights will commemorate the Bay Bridge’s 75th Diamond Anniversary at seven times the scale of the famous Parisian landmark. The installation, created by internationally acclaimed artist Leo Villareal, will live for two years, providing a stunning fine-arts experience for the entire Bay Area and its visitors. Leo began his art career in San Francisco before moving to New York. He recently installed a piece in MOMA in NYC, and his work is in many private collections.The project also has a higher purpose beyond commemorating the anniversary. A non-profit called Illuminate the Arts, whose purpose is to stimulate greater giving to the arts around the bay, will be founded as a result of this project. The goal is to unleash many millions of dollars in private funding for artists, arts groups and other creative projects.

There are over 200 people from various private and nonprofit organizations as well as volunteers working collaboratively to see this project through to fruition. An informal economic impact assessment was made that conservatively estimates $97 million dollars will be added to the local economy as a result of this project.

The project team has an ambitious goal to raise $7 million by March 31, 2012 in order to make this project a reality. In order to achieve that goal, they are looking to connect with individuals, corporations and foundations that are capable of making gifts of $100,000 or higher.  The team is looking for a small group of heroic donors that can help it achieve its fundraising goal on schedule.
I hope you are interested in the epic, historic and important nature of this project and I am excited to connect you directly to The Bay Lights team.
I have attached a two-page description of the  project, and do take a look at the artists rendering here: http://www.thebaylights.org/


I hope to have a presentation from Ben Davis and/or Amy Critchett at the January 9th South Beach | Rincon | Mission Bay Neighborhood Association meeting.

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