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"The Bay Lights" Debuts in San Francisco (video, pics)

Tonight was the official public launch of "The Bay Lights" art installation on the Bay Bridge in San Francisco.  A monumental light display comprised of 25,000 LED lights, "The Bay Lights" was created by artist Leo Villareal.  

I happened to be coming out of dance practice at the Embarcadero YMCA a few minutes after the launch time of 9pm.  It was raining pretty steadily, but I decided to brave the muck and bike out to the Embarcadero for a better look.  Here's what I saw.

The Bay Lights from the Embarcadero

The lights were so incredibly beautiful, cascading across the entire 1.8 mile span of the bridge in a never-repeating pattern.  I couldn't get enough of it.

Rounding a curve in the bike path between Mission and Howard, I ran into a street party in full swing. Speakers were booming out electronica and dance music for the enthusiastic crowd made up of mostly bicyclists in their shiny gear and helmets.  A bonfire and heat lamps were set up to heat up the partyers.  And a little bar served wine and warm ginger tea.


I chatted with a woman named "BubbleGirl" who had a fantastic bike with LED lights all over it.  "Isn't it great," she said, gesturing at the bridge lights. "I hope it never goes away."  I couldn't agree more.

BubbleGirl's bike and the Bay Lights

I eventually decided to leave the Embarcadero and head home.  I'll never forget how beautiful the Bay Bridge was tonight, and how wonderful this city is.  I feel so fortunate to get to live here.

Bay Lights debuts
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