Beneath a Layer of Fog: The Bay Lights

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In the early 1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt launched a series of projects in the United States, known as the New Deal programs, in an effort to lift America out of the Great Depression. One part of the plan was to build a bridge linking San Francisco with the East Bay. As a result, the Bay Bridge was completed in 1936 and remains a vital route for commuters today.

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For years, the Bay Bridge has been a beautiful detail in photos of San Francisco’s landscape. Just recently, a feature was added to it that made it even more beautiful.

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In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Bay Bridge’s opening, the Bay Lights were installed, which consist of 25,000 LED lights on the western span that display mesmerizing patterns. The Bay Lights had their official debut on March 5, 2013.

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In commemoration of the Bay Lights’ first anniversary, the Bay Lights went off on March 6 2014 at 7:00pm and relit at 7:10pm.

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The Bay Lights were originally intended to remain up only until one year from now, March 5, 2015; however, the project is currently working to keep the Bay Lights permanently.

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The Bay Lights’ captivating beauty should not be taken for granted whether or not they become a permanent feature of the Bay Bridge.

Words and images by Krista Apolonio

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