The intent of the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge lighting project is to create a distinctive artwork that will enliven the public environment. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has jurisdiction over the 2.12- mile bridge. The project is a partnership between the Port of San Diego and Caltrans, which operates and maintains the bridge. The Port provided leadership and funding for the first phase of the project which included the selection of the Peter Fink Team.
The Peter Fink Team is a combined European and North American Team led by artist Peter Fink of FoRM Associates in collaboration with Speirs and Major Associates and Buro Happold. The team has the practical experience in large-scale lighting projects and an extensive award winning track of creativity.
The team envisions the bridge as a nautical gateway that celebrates the region. They envision illumination of the outer deck and pillars with programmable lighting. By using a color changing LED lighting system, an infinite number of lighting scenarios could be created and displayed. Their concept meets the key goals for the project including artistic lighting that would create a sense of place, draw people to the region and withstand the test of time.
The preliminary cost estimate of the project is in the $4-$5 million range, which may be obtained through private sources, grants and fundraising. Once funding is secured, a feasibility study on the project will be conducted.
The video of the Peter Fink Team's preliminary concept proposal can be viewed below.
Peter Fink Team