"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Bay Lights

Location: San Francisco Bay, CA

Website: www.thebaylights.org

The Bay Lights is a site-specific monumental light sculpture and art installation on the San Francisco Bay Bridge.

The installation by lights placed along 1.8 miles (2.9 km) of the cables on the north side of the suspension span of the bridge between Yerba Buena Island and San Francisco. The installation will be controlled via a computer and will display changing patterns that are not meant to repeat.

A The Bay Lights is the world’s largest LED light sculpture, 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high. Inspired by the Bay Bridge’s 75th Anniversary, its 25,000 white LED lights are individually programmed by artist Leo Villareal to create a never-repeating, dazzling display across the Bay Bridge West Span through 2015.

The Bay Lights is a monumental tour de force eight times the scale of the Eiffel Tower’s 100th Anniversary lighting. Shining from dusk until 2:00 a.m. for two years, it will impact over 50 million people in the Bay Area, with billions more seeing it in the media and online. By conservative estimates, $97 million dollars will be added to the local economy.


September 15–October 15, 2012
Fiber and power line backbone installed. 25,000 LEDs with integrators and 48,000 Bridge Clips in production.

October 15, 2012
LED light system night installation begins, with 8-10 electricians working Mondays to Fridays, 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Mid-December, 2012
First test of lights installed to date.

March 5, 2013
The Bay Lights Grand Lighting!
8:30 p.m. PST Live Stream Webcast
9:00 p.m. Lights

The Bay Lights is presented by Illuminate the Arts, a San Francisco non-profit dedicated to the creation and presentation of community-activating public art. Our mission is to provide innovative art programs that stimulate a culture of generosity and inspire community involvement and collaboration worldwide.

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