The resolution which would clear the way for Illuminate the Arts – the group behind the Bay Lights currently illuminating the Bay Bridge – to suspend LED tubes from the overhead MUNI lines along the 2.1 mile stretch of Market Street from The Embarcadero to Van Ness Avenue is slated to be adopted next week.
Designed by George Zisiadis and Stefano Corazza to modulate in conjunction with the movement of the MUNI trains below, the LightRail installation would be “the world’s first subway-responsive light sculpture.”
From the sponsors of the project:
By beautifully visualizing the real-time movement of underground trains, LightRail will transform San Francisco’s preeminent thoroughfare—our Champs-Elysées– into a scene of wonder and awe for millions of people, re-establishing Market Street as a place of destination rather than a mere route of passage. The installation will visually connect Market Street’s long-fragmented communities and further fuel efforts aiming to revitalize Market Street–while reinforcing the corridor’s historic creative essence.
Like the Bay Lights, the LightRail installation is intended to be temporary, only lasting “through 2018, the year Market Street is slated to be reconfigured to better serve and inspire our city’s residents and visitors for generations to come.”
Illuminate the Arts is currently scrambling to raise the $4 million necessary to turn the Bay Lights into a permanent fixture.