Fixes, funding brighten \'Bay Lights\' day

by:SEEKING     2019-11-03
On Thursday, February 28, 2013, the San Francisco Bay Bridge was lit when artist Leo reinareal tested his bay light installation in San Francisco, California.On Thursday, February 28, 2013, the San Francisco Bay Bridge was lit when artist Leo reinareal tested his bay light installation in San Francisco, California.A month after the blink of an eye, the Bay Bridge\'s lighting sculpture flashed again at night, and hundreds of uncooperative lights did not stop the changing images, which either refused to turn off or continued to light.The staff working for the \"Bay Lights\" project went deep into the problem and found that humid air, strong winds and bridge vibrations were combined in some way, push moisture into some of the 25,000 LED lights, said Ben Davis, head of public relations and head of the art organization, sponsor of the privately financed lighting project.\"In this harsh atmosphere, some LEDs contain a little water,\" he said .\".\"It is enough to cause confusion.\"The night lighting of the span is the work of New York artist Leo reinareal, who created a design using 25,000 individually programmable white LED lights that are constantly changing.But start in the middle.Mei, hundreds of lights start to fail, freeze in the position where they are turned on or off, and create spots in the lighting artwork.\"It was ugly;Obviously;\"It\'s terrible to see it limping,\" Davis admitted .\".Since the problem has been diagnosed, Villareal has returned to Embarcadero and reconfigured the algorithm that produces the changed image to bypass those lights that refuse to turn on or off.\"He reimagined it in a way that made it look beautiful again,\" Davis said .\".At the same time, led manufacturer Philips color dynamics has started replacing the broken string of lights so that the \"Bay Light\" can shine brightly in the summer while also looking at a longer period of timeterm solution.Davis said Philips had agreed to pay for repairs including electric lights and Labor.\"This is very generous and responsible,\" he said .\"Because the night light show on the north side of the span began on the 3 Th, tourists and locals were attracted by Embarcadero and seaside restaurants and hotels to watch the changing images of crossing the bridge under white light.Plus the most recent $1 repair fee.5 million contributions to the completion of two funded art projectsThis year\'s project, which brightened Davis\'s day on Friday, sat in the sunshine of Embarcadero watching the bridge as he announced the news.\"This is another opportunity for the Gulf region to shine in an extraordinary way,\" he said .\".Donations from WordPress co-Davis said founder Matt mullenweig was the first donor of the Gulf light.It completed the baseline funding for the artwork he described --$8 million in cost of creating, installing and operating for two years.Donations are still accepted on the \"Bay Lights\" website and will be used to extend the length of the light display --This could be a permanent fixture.Davis said, or other art projects around the bay.Temporary repairs, he said, could be an ongoing effort to replace the lights when the crew freezes.\"We recognize that this will be a trench war that will sustain the whole summer,\" he said .\".When staff are focused on temporary repairs, he said, they will soon turn their attention to how to install lights that can better withstand components.Davis said the goal is to make these improvements in the fall.He said that when this happens, it is very likely that rakareal will re-Create lighting sculpture again.He said the Bay Lights are changing from a big one --The time art device becomes an evolving work that changes with the elements.Davis said it was a good reason for people to return to Embarcadero to watch the lights dance over 1.8-One mile suspension span\"People will see very beautiful things,\" he said .\"\"They will still see Leo Villarreal\'s hand, including his reaction to these restrictions.They will see a new imagination this fall.\"Michael is a special contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle.E-Postage: mcabanatuan @ sfchronicle.
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