Update: The Bay Lights – Forever Brilliant
There’s good news and even better news.
The Good News: If we raise four million dollars in gifts and pledges by the end of this year, we keep The Bay Lights forever.
This is a one-time raise of $4m, made possible by Illuminate The Arts’ break-through agreement with Bay Bridge officials. With that money, ITA will install a new set of LEDs – expressly engineered to withstand the harsh environment of the San Francisco Bay.
We would then gift these new lights to the Bay Area Toll Authority and Caltrans, in exchange for their on-going stewardship. The Bay Lights would become a permanent fixture of the Bay Bridge, just as the 50th Anniversary necklace lights did in 1989.
This means, Leo Villareal’s temporary masterpiece will become a permanent work of public art, establishing a global icon that lets the Bay Area shine around the world in perpetuity.
The Even Better News: Thanks to a $2 million challenge grant from Bay Area philanthropist Tad Taube, every new dollar raised will be matched until the $4 million goal is reached. Tad’s inspiring gift has already helped spur another $1.7m in private gifts. That means we have only $293,000 left to raise.
If you love The Bay Lights, now is the time act.
Here are some other recent media highlights:
- Featured in the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday, ‘”Bay Lights” get offer of permanence from bridge officials” Read Here
- San Jose Mercury News features “Bay Bridge light sculpture to shine on with big donation” Read Here
- San Francisco Chronicle Editorial, “Keep the Bay Bridge lights Shining” Read Here