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Illuminating the Bay Bridge
Artist Leo Villareal transformed the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge into a sparkling art installation called "The Bay Lights."
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All photos are from a test of the installation on Jan. 25, 2013
Electricians spent four months installing 25,000 LED lights on the bridge, each individually programmed through a fiber optic network.
Artist Leo Villareal tests the installation in January 2013.
This week, he put the finishing touches on the software programs that transform the bridge into a light sculpture.
The project cost $8 million dollars to create, but the ultra-efficient LEDs cost just $15 a night to run.
Villareal says the patterns made by the lights will never look exactly the same.
The light will shine on the Bay Bridge from dusk until 2:00 a.m. for two years and it is expected that they will be seen by more than 50 million people in the Bay Area.