Updated 12/17/2014: Lightrail has been approved by the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development committee, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, and the Department of Public Works. The Historic Preservation Commission has also approved the project's use of the Path of Gold Light Standards in the installation as a place to anchor the lights. According to SF Bay, the project is pending approval from the SF Board of Supervisors on December 23, 2014, but could be installed as soon as June 19, 2015.
Market Street is on its way to getting a colorful new look thanks to the creative thinkers behind the Bay Lights. Their latest idea, Lightrail is a proposed public art installation involving two LED strings running down Market Street that would light up to reflect the real-time movement of BART and MUNI below. If the plans get approved, the punny sculpture could go all the way from Van Ness to The Embarcadero, and the LEDs would be colored to correspond with the color of the transit lines' routes. At the end of the night, when BART stops running, the strings would still pulsate with light to represent foot traffic.
According to Hoodline, which broke the story of the proposal, Lightrail is privately funded and has received initial approval from the San Francisco Arts Commission. The project is being presented by Illuminate the Arts as well as interactive artists George Zisiadis and Stefano Corazza and was envisioned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of BART and the 100th anniversary of MUNI.
Images courtesy of Lightrail
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