Leo Villareal’s Iconic Art Installation on the San Francisco Bay Bridge Returns Permanently on January 30th
San Francisco, CA – January 4, 2016 – LUMINA by Tishman Speyer has announced that it is a proud partner in the celebration of the January 30th return of The Bay Lights, world-renowned artist Leo Villareal’s visionary art installation adorning the western span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Presented by the non-profit arts organization, ILLUMINATE, and originally intended to last just two years, the project went dark in March of 2015. With the help of a generous philanthropic community, ILLUMINATE was able to secure $4 million from private donors to make The Bay Lights a permanent fixture on the bridge. LUMINA and the region are poised to celebrate the artwork’s return for good.
“The Bay Lights quickly became beloved in the Bay Area,” said Carl Shannon, Senior Managing Director at Tishman Speyer. “The installation is visible from LUMINA and we resolved to do what we could to help celebrate the stunning public artwork’s return to our skyline.”
As part of its sponsorship, LUMINA created a 30-second Bay Lights promo with artist Leo Villareal. View the video here.
The Bay Lights was designed to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. At 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high, the installation features 25,000 individual white LED lights controlled via a computer and displays changing patterns that are not meant to repeat.
Since its debut in 2013, The Bay Lights has garnered widespread public support and positive reaction, and was the subject of the 2014 documentary film, Impossible Light. Locally, the project was quickly embraced. Nearby bars and restaurants reported a 30 percent increase in business, and a group of more than 20 independent analysts unanimously agreed that The Bay Lights boosts the regional economy by more than $100m annually.
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About Tishman Speyer (www.tishmanspeyer.com)
Founded in 1978, Tishman Speyer is one of the world’s leading developers, owners, operators, and fund managers of first-class real estate. Active across North America, Europe, South America and Asia, Tishman Speyer is relied upon by many of the world’s most prestigious corporations to meet their office space needs. As of June 30, 2015, the firm had acquired, developed and/or managed a portfolio of approximately 139.1 million sq. ft. with a total value of approximately USD $74.7 billion. Signature assets include New York’s Rockefeller Center and Chrysler Center, São Paulo’s Torre Norte, Ventura Corporate Towers in Rio de Janeiro and OpernTurm in Frankfurt. Tishman Speyer also has projects at different stages of development currently in Atlanta, Brasília, Chengdu, Frankfurt, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai and Suzhou.
About Leo Villareal
Leo Villareal is internationally known for his light sculptures and site-specific architectural works. His work focuses on stripping systems down to their essence to better understand the underlying structures governing how they work. He is interested in lowest common denominators such as pixels or the zeros and ones in binary code. The visual manifestation of the code in light is at the core of his artistic interest. Villareal’s recent exhibitions include a traveling survey organized by the San Jose Museum of Art and a presentation of Cylinder II at the Hayward Gallery in London, which is currently traveling to Auckland, New Zealand; Sydney, Australia; and Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Recent works include The Light Matrix at 1306 Market Street in Philadelphia, Buckyball, Dallas at the NorthPark Center in Dallas and Volume (Renwick) at the Renwick Gallery in the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. His work is in the permanent collections of museums such as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo; the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum in Kagawa, Japan; and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
ILLUMINATE aims to alter the arc of human history through the creation of transformational works of public art. Its mission is to produce contemporary art with civic impact, social activation and global reach to stimulate a culture of generosity and collaboration. ILLUMINATE raised funds for and produced both the original installation of The Bay Lights in 2013 and the permanent reinstallation in 2016. It is gifting The Bay Lights, which will be maintained by Caltrans, to the people of California so the iconic sculpture can lift the gazes and the spirits of Bay Area residents and visitors for generations to come. To learn about ILLUMINATE visit http://www.illuminate.org.
To dedicate a light in The Bay Lights to a friend, family member or in memoriam, visit the Shine it Forward site. (https://sif.illuminate.org)