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Coronado Bridge Lighting Project

The San Diego-Coronado Bay 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 Bay 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.

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. The Port is leading the fundraising campaign to raise $14-16 million to bring the project to completion by the target date of 2022.


  • 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
  • Sunroad Enterprises
  • The Fish Market

Contribution Levels

Multiple levels of contribution are available, providing invaluable benefits and opportunities. 

  • Founder Level $100,000
  • Admiral Level $50,000
  • Captain Level $25,000
  • Mariner Level $5,000


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 


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 Studio Fink, Ltd in collaboration with Speirs and Major Associates and 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.

The preliminary cost estimate of the project is in the $14-16 million range, which may be obtained through private sources, grants and fundraising. With funding secured to-date, a feasibility study is currently in progress that is intended to update the design development, complete environmental clearance in accordance with CEQA, ad obtain required agency approvals.