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The fall 2013 runways were covered with patterns, and the Bay Bridge will fall right in line with the trend tonight when artist Leo Villareal lights up 1.8 miles of the structure's west span with 25,000 LED light patterns at 9pm tonight (a ceremony starts at 8:30pm). The show will continue until 2am to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the bridge.
Ben Davis came up with the idea and recruited Villareal as the artist. They've been planning the $8 million project (they still need to raise $2 million) for two years. It required approval from multiple public agencies, and according to the project's website, it's eight times the scale of the Eiffel Tower's 100th Anniversary lighting, and will add approximately $97 million to the local economy.
If you can't watch tonight, don't worry, the light show will happen every night for at least the next two years. And don't worry about wearing the same design as the bridge. Algorithms make sure no one sees the same pattern twice.
· Light it up: Epic LED show to wrap SF Bay Bridge in swirls and stars [CNet]
· Rodarte Channels Santa Cruz by Way of High Fashion [Racked]
· The Bay Lights [Official Site]