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Afternoon Delight: Dallas, We’ll See Your Omni Lights, and Raise You An Entire Illuminated Bridge


Afternoon Delight is a daily diversion for when you’re just back from lunch, but not quite ready to get down to work. Check back weekdays at 1 p.m. for another one.
In Dallas, we’ve gone through a fair amount of talk about how hip / attractive / garish or outright cheesy it is, sticking LED lights all over our downtown high-rises and turning them into blinding, nighttime beacons. In San Francisco, though, the plan was to gussy up the Bay Bridge to let it outshine its Golden Grate cousin for once. But they treated the whole deal as a monumental,  commissioned, public art project, one of the biggest ever. It’s turning the bridge into a shimmering curtain, a slow wave of Northern lights — but only for two years.

Hmm. No cracks made about ‘hooker lights’ or pop-up ads or the “Lite-Brite-ing of San Francisco.”