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Coronado Bridge Lighting Project

The San Diego-Coronado Bridge Lighting Project is an artist-designed, programmable LED lighting installation.


artist renedering of Peter Fink's proposal to light the Coronado bridge

The San Diego-Coronado Bridge Lighting Project is an artist-designed, programmable LED lighting installation, powered from sustainable energy sources, which will create a unique aesthetic identity for the bridge and the bay after dark. 

Designed by internationally-recognized artist Peter Fink and his team, the lighting concept was selected through a worldwide competition in 2010. Illuminating the bridge celebrates a recognized San Diego landmark while creating a distinctive and timeless signature artwork for the region.

On October 16, 2019, the California Coastal Commission authorized a Coastal Development Permit (CDP) allowing the Port to temporarily install LED lights on four of the bridge's mid-span piers (the vertical support structures beneath the bridge span) for one week. The test will help the Port and its project consultants answer questions related to engineering, design and the environment that are necessary to start environmental review for the project. Currently anticipated to be conducted in mid-2020, the test will occur between dusk and midnight during a one-week period and will be visible to San Diegans and visitors to San Diego Bay.

The project is being managed through a partnership between the Port of San Diego and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and will be entirely funded through donations.

Illuminate the Bay

The Port is leading the fundraising campaign to raise $14-16 million.


  • Ace Parking
  • BAE Systems
  • Brigantine, Inc.
  • BRIC Development
  • Capstone Advisors, Inc.
  • Cohn Restaurant Group
  • Hornblower Cruises & Events
  • Marriott Marquis, San Diego Marina
  • Intrepid Landing
  • USS Midway Museum
  • General Dynamics/NASSCO
  • Old Town Trolley Tours
  • San Diego Symphony
  • San Diego Foundation
  • Sudberry Properties
  • Sunroad Enterprises
  • The Fish Market

Download Coronado Bridge Lighting Project Handout

How to donate:

Online: Click here 

Make checks payable to: 
The San Diego Foundation 

Enter on memo line: 
San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge 
Lighting Project Fund (#7077) 

Mail to: 
Attn: Donations 
The San Diego Foundation 
2508 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 200 
San Diego, CA 92106 

For additional information contact: 
Yvonne Wise /  Director, Waterfront Arts & Activation
(619) 686-6465


The intent of the San Diego-Coronado 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 Studio Fink, Ltd in collaboration with Buro Happold Consulting Engineers, Inc. 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 30 supporting concrete bridge piers 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.