Photos: 25,000 lights turn the San Francisco Bay Bridge into a work of art

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge spans San Francisco Bay between Oakland and San Francisco by way of Yerba Buena Island. It carries over 280,000 cars per day on a double-decked roadway, and it consists of multiple kinds of bridges attached to each other and a tunnel. When it was built in the 1930s, it was an engineering marvel. And now, thanks to some impressive technology, a portion of it is one giant light show.

The Bay Lights is a high-tech art installation by artist Leo Villareal. ItĀ features 25,000 LEDs attached to the vertical suspender cables of the Bay Bridge's twin suspension spans located between Yerba Buena Island and San Francisco. The lights make the cables appear to shimmer and flicker in a graceful mix of technology and artistry.

It's quite stunning in person, and it's programmed to never display the same pattern twice. If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, you owe it to yourself to visit the San Francisco waterfront at take it in. The light show will be in place through 2015 (but I'd love to see it stay on a more permanent basis), and it will operate every day from dusk until 2am.

If you can't make it to San Francisco, here are some photos I took Wednesday evening from along the waterfront. Enjoy.

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