San Francisco may not be known as the City of Lights (thanks, fog) but January 30th will elevate our status in the illumination department when 25,000 LEDs return to the Bay Bridge. Electricians and construction workers began re-installing conceptual artist Leo Villareal's programmatically dancing light show back in October, and it's nearly ready to go live again after nearly a year of darkness and a brief bit of testing last month. After what was to be a two year run, they twinkled out last March.
According to the installation's website, the Bay Lights will flip on at 7:25 p.m. "and remain forever brilliant." That's an allusion to the plan to keep the installation going strong for at least a decade with funds from Caltrans and Illuminate the Arts, who raised $4 million for the materials and other costs according to KRON4.
Their triumphant return is timed to the Super Bowl, an event being welcomed as the "America's Cup of 2016." I kid, but hey, at least the lights are back.