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Bay Lights Project

SAN FRANCISCO--On March 5, artist Leo Villareal will formally launch The Bay Lights Project, the world's largest LED installation.

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25,000 LEDs

The Bay Lights Project features 25,000 one-inch LEDs hung on the cables of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in San Francisco.

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Random patterns

The project will consist of a nearly infinite number of patterns that are randomly generated and which play for random periods of time.

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LEDs

A look at some of the LEDs as the hang off the western side of the Bay Bridge.

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Full moon

A near full moon fights through the nighttime fog over the Bay Bridge as the Bay Lights Project delights those who happened to see it being tested.

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All but a few

During testing, the artist and his technician sometimes had trouble getting the lights to work properly. When the bridge would go dark, all that remained on was one vertical line of LEDs on a tower -- and permanent lights on top of the bridge.

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Two years

The Bay Lights Project is slated to run for a minimum of two years, starting March 5.

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All on

A look at the Bay Bridge will all 25,000 LEDs turned on.

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Many directions

The patterns that make up the artistry of the Bay Lights Project can move in any direction, and can get brighter, dimmer, can explode, or dissolve, and can have multiple layers.

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Patterns

A series of patterns move across the bridge.

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Almost all

A pattern of negative space moves across the bridge.

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Library

Artist Leo Villareal has collected a library of patterns, and when the project launches next month, it will be run from a computer mounted on the bridge that serves up patterns randomly and for random amounts of time.

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From anywhere

The Bay Lights Project is designed to be visible for miles. However, it was also designed to be nearly invisible to drivers on the bridge.

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Star Field

Here, we see part of a pattern Villareal calls a "star field," blended with another pattern.

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Multiple patterns

Seen here is evidence that the project can display different patterns on different parts of the bridge.

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One tower

A look at a single tower and the way the LEDs on that tower can be randomly distributed at any given moment.

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