The Bay Lights, 2013
"A Milestone In Public Art…"
Even before going live, The Bay Lights was on its way to becoming a global sensation. A month before the grand lighting ceremony, Hemispheres magazine listed the artwork as the number one thing to see in the world during 2013. Within the first six month, the artwork had garnered half a billion media impressions.
Locally, The Bay Lights were instantly embraced and beloved. The San Francisco waterfront surged with new vitality. Pedestrians strolled.
Lovers kissed.Bars and restaurants reported a 30 percent increase in business. A group of more than 20 independent analysts from leading firms such as McKinsey, Deloitte, Google, Facebook and city agencies unanimously agreed that The Bay Lights boosts the regional economy by more than $100m annually.
The artwork seemed a perfect fit. “It feels like it’s always been here” was how one lifelong San Franciscan put it.