World's Largest Light Sculpture on SF Bay Bridge

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The world's largest light sculpture will live for two years on the San Francisco Bay Bridge starting on March 5. Almost two miles miles wide and 500 feet high, it uses 25,000 white individually programmed LED lights to create a dazzling display. (March 1)

OLV SHOT SHEET - San Francisco, CA - February 20, 2013

1. clock tower at Ferry Building chimes 6 o'clock (dusk)

2. pan around light sculpture artist Leo Villareal

3. moving lights on one span of Bay Bridge

4. SOUNDBITES (English): Leo Villareal - Artist

"I'm an artist based in New York and I'm working on a project called The Bay Lights, which consists of a light sculpture with just under 25,000 white LED lights which we're attaching to the suspender cables of the Bay Bridge. It's the 1.8 mile expanse of the bridge between San Francisco and Treasure Island."

"It's highlighting part of the bridge and this incredible piece of infrastructure that's so meaningful to so many people here in the Bay Area. It's bringing art, light and technology into the mix. It's site specific. It's made specifically for this location. So I've been sitting out here for over a month working on the sequencing and the programs and fine tuning it."

5. close-up of lights changing

6. Villareal sits in front of bridge while remotely adjusting lights with laptop

7. Villareal looks at bridge lights

8. artist looks back down at laptop

9. close-up of custom software on laptop

10. another close-up of lights

11. bridge angle shot

12. promotional video - courtesy "The Bay Lights"

13. SOUNDBITES (English): Leo Villareal - Artist

"This is abstract artwork. It's not a light show. It's something kind of new in that it's using very new material, software and LEDs. People are attracted to light and I think they'll respond in whatever way. If they know something about the history of art, light sculpture, they might be into that, or technology or algorithms or programming. So I think it will touch on a lot of the things that are sort of key in the Bay Area."

"We've been testing and debugging so everyone's been watching the process for several weeks now. But we're launching this piece on March 5 at 9 o'clock. There'll be a lot of jubilation when it's finally up and it'll be up for two years. We're estimating 50 million people will see it so it's really an impactful piece of public art."

14. couple walks by lit up bridge

15. dancing lights on bridge

16. bridge lights wide shot

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APTN SHOT SHEET - San Francisco, CA - February 20, 2013

1. clock tower at Ferry Building chimes 6 o'clock (dusk)

2. pan around light sculpture artist Leo Villareal

3. moving lights on one span of Bay Bridge

4. lights close-up

5. SOUNDBITE (English): Leo Villareal - Artist

"I'm an artist based in New York and I'm working on a project called The Bay Lights, which consists of a light sculpture with just under 25,000 white LED lights which we're attaching to the suspender cables of the Bay Bridge. It's the 1.8 mile expanse of the bridge between San Francisco and Treasure Island."

6. Villareal sits in front of bridge while remotely adjusting lights with laptop

7. close-up of custom software on laptop

8. Villareal looks at bridge lights - tight

9. artist looks back down at laptop - medium

10. another close-up of lights

11. bridge angle shot

12. SOUNDBITE (English): Leo Villareal - Artist

"It's highlighting part of the bridge and this incredible piece of infrastructure that's so meaningful to so many people here in the Bay Area. It's bringing art, light and technology into the mix. It's site specific. It's made specifically for this location. So I've been sitting out here for over a month working on the sequencing and the programs and fine tuning it. This is abstract artwork. It's not a light show. It's something kind of new in that it's using very new material, software and LEDs. People are attracted to light and I think they'll respond in whatever way. If they know something about the history of art, light sculpture, they might be into that, or technology or algorithms or programming. So I think it will touch on a lot of the things that are sort of key in the Bay Area."

13. promotional video - courtesy "The Bay Lights"

14. SOUNDBITE (English): Leo Villareal - Artist

"We've been testing and debugging so everyone's been watching the process for several weeks now. But we're launching this piece on March 5 at 9 o'clock. There'll be a lot of jubilation when it's finally up and it'll be up for two years. We're estimating 50 million people will see it so it's really an impactful piece of public art."

15. Villareal looks at laptop with bridge in background

16. Villareal's face close

17. couple walks by lit up bridge

18. dancing lights on bridge

19. bridge lights wide shot

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