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This monumental LED sculpture will go live on March 5th, 2013 at 8:30pm PST and be on view through 2015. Villareal's awe-inspiring Bay Lights sculpture will transform the western span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge in to the world's largest LED light sculpture. Measuring over a mile and a half long, with 25,000 LED nodes affixed to nearly five miles' worth of vertical suspension cables, Bay Lights is eight times the scale of the Eiffel Tower's 100th Anniversary lighting. The Bay Lights will be seen over 50 million people in the Bay Area with many more viewing it online nightly through 2015.
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Trained as a sculptor, Leo Villareal has been working with light and computer code for more than a decade, creating commanding installations, sculptures, and public projects that are at once enchanting and disorienting. His kinetic works are composed of white or multicolored incandescent, strobe, neon, or LED lights, whose pulsing, flickering, and fading is controlled by computer code that he writes himself. Fascinated by the capability of mathematically defined systems to generate unpredictable sequences, and deeply influenced by Dan Flavin and the systems-based theories of British mathematician John Conway, Villareal plays with our inclination to find patterns in randomness. Claiming that his works are portraits of Conway’s rules, Villareal programs his lights to pulse in non-repeating sequences that simultaneously defy and suggest order. They also suggest natural phenomena—heaving across a rectangular ground like waves, twinkling like stars, or glowing like a setting sun.
American, b. 1967, Albuquerque, New Mexico, based in New York, New York