Of the two bridges that connect with the City, the Golden Gate Bridge is obviously the better known. It’s pretty much synonymous with San Francisco. But its neighbor a few miles to the East, the Bay Bridge, has recently made steps to take some of the spotlight. Artist Leo Villareal designed the coordinated light show on the bridge’s west span between Treasure Island and the Embarcadero. It features 25,000 LED lights creating varying patterns. The display is 1.8 miles long and 500 ft high at its highest points. The installation has revitalized life along the waterfront with an increase in foot traffic and business.
The lights lend themselves to many ideal viewing points. They make a nice backdrop for any of the countless bars and restaurants along the waterfront. For those feeling more adventurous, a walk out to the end of one of the old piers provides some nice locations with a panorama of the bridge and East Bay.