Light sculptor Leo Villareal is a longtime veteran of Burning Man, where art work is sometimes consumed by fire as the festival ends. So he had no regrets when his massive installation on the Bay Bridge, "Bay Lights", went dark early this year.
"Two years is a good long run for a monumental piece of public art," he said.
But Villareal, the New York City artist who designed the lights for their run from 2013 to 2015, was thrilled when so many people begged him and the project's funders to bring the lights back.
"It's a digital campfire that brings everyone together," Villareal said, "It brings out the best in people."
Illuminate, the non-profit arts group run by Ben Davis, raised $4 million and worked with Caltrans to reinstall a more robust and brighter set of LED lights -- 25,000 of them -- on the cables of the western span.