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The Magic in San Francisco has happened - now, let's do it in Lawrence

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Bay Bridge photograph

Bay Bridge photograph by Lawrence Morgan

The Bay Bridge (from San Francisco to Oakland) is now lit with 25,000 LED lights!

Here is the Bay Bridge live. The camera is turned on 24 hours a day. At 6:30 pm our time (Pacific Standard Time), the lights are turned on, and they continue until 2 am in the morning. Take a look now:

http://livestre.am/4mRoi

Eventually they will have to run the lights all night, so that people in other parts of the world - Europe and Africa, for instance, can see them and come up with new ideas for their own country.

Here are more pictures and videos from the Chronicle:

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/LED-display-puts-Bay-Bridge-in-new-light-4331416.php

And now ask yourself. Why couldn't a similar project be done in Lawrence! People would come from all around Kansas and neighboring states to see it. The bridge over the river to North Lawrence is not the Bay Bridge, but it has plenty of possibilities, as does downtown and other key areas of Lawrence.

And this doesn't mean just stringing up LED lights. Each project could be planned with specific effects in mind. For example, the Lawrence bridge might include words and sentences from key poems throughout the ages. Because words and sentences would be constantly changing, this would be a tremendous sight.

I also invite you to read my previous blog:

http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/kansas-150th-birthday-is-almost-over/2013/feb/26/why-doesnt-lawrence-have-a-magical-displ/

Comments

Marada Dee 1 year, 1 month ago

Wow, can't wait to go see them! It reminds me of a way larger scale version of these light sculpture artists I really admire. Do a Google image search on loop ph . I can see this type of sculpture being done in programable LED lighting for a downtown arch or for light sculptures along a riverfront that gets night traffic or for parks in downtown areas.

Thanks for the article. Really great!

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Lawrence Morgan 1 year, 1 month ago

That's an amazing response and it's a very good idea. I have a number of other ideas for LED lights for Lawrence, which will see the light soon.

First, we have to have the people of Lawrence see this live broadcast. It starts at 6:30 pm our time and ends at dawn. However, the camera is on 24 hours a day.

Thank you so much for your comment, and the beautiful way it was written.

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kbabbit 1 year, 1 month ago

Really cool. -- Kaw style feels more like putting LEDs on numerous small paper boats and let them float down stream looking like fireflies on the prairie.

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