On March 5, 2013, San Francisco's skyline was transformed by an amazing sight: 25,000 LED lights dazzling on the Bay Bridge. The story behind the making of The Bay Lights—a project whose very "impossibility made it possible"—reveals the drama and daring of artist Leo Villareal and a team of visionaries who turned a dream of creating the world's largest LED sculpture into a glimmering reality.
Impossible Light, 2013, a feature-length documentary from filmmaker Jeremy Ambers, follows the artist and his team as they undertake this monumental reconsideration of the Bay Bridge landmark.
After the screening, check out Villareal's light intervention on the iconic glass blocks of The Contemporary Austin's Jones Center building, first unveiled in March 2014 as an experimental performance work.
View the Impossible Light trailer and a clip of Leo Villareal's work at The Contemporary in the gallery.
Impossible Light is a feature-length documentary by Jeremy Ambers that follows internationally renowned artist Leo Villareal as he attempts to install an iconic sculpture using 25,000 LED lights on the western approach of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge.
Leo Villareal (American, born 1967) is an artist working with LED light systems and encoded computer programming to create site-specific illuminated installations and large-scale public art works. On March 8, 2014, the artist unveiled a temporary, experimental light performance using the LED-lit glass blocks of the Jones Center, The Contemporary Austin’s downtown site designed by Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects.