The rain drenched San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, inverting their umbrellas, but couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of the spectators who flocked along the waterfront.
Lights danced up and down the span's cables in endless variation. Villareal’s computer program will insure no sequences ever repeat over the two year life of the piece.
Private donors are sponsoring the eight million dollar project, and powering the LED lights will cost just 30 dollars in electricity each night.
Restaurants along the Embarcadero were packed. Those who couldn't watch in person had a chance to watch a webcast with Newsom interviewing dignitaries followed by a view of the lights.
If you have no plans to be in San Francisco at night, you can still get a peek at the bridge through the project's live-streaming web camera.