Google Maps for Roadtripping, Fast Food, Art and More

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2013-03-03 Print this article Print

Leave Your Heart on the Bay Bridge

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Bay Bridge between San Francisco and Oakland, an intricate 25,000-light LED "light sculpture" was installed on the span beginning September 2012. The two cities and the bridge are hosting a party for the occasion March 5, when the lights will be turned on for its "grand lighting."

And through the magic of Google Maps, visitors don't even have to be there to see it, thanks to the site, which will show the event and keep the lights shining online.

The bridge lighting is being called the world's largest LED light sculpture by its organizers, at 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high, according to the site. "Inspired by the Bay Bridge’s 75th Anniversary, its 25,000 white LED lights are individually programmed by artist Leo Villareal to create a never-repeating, dazzling display across the Bay Bridge West Span through 2015," the site reports.

The lights will be lit from dusk until 2 a.m. for two years, and will "impact over 50 million people in the Bay Area, with billions more seeing it in the media and online," according to organizers.

Finding Art Around Washington, D.C.

Travelers to Washington, D.C., can plan their visits to see art, architecture and other cultural destinations before they ever leave their homes, thanks to the Website

On this Google Maps-inspired site, visitors can select what they want to see, from museums to art galleries to architecture and historic memorials, by clicking on the virtual pins on the map. If you click the info tab, the site takes you to a Web page for the site that includes details such as addresses and other information.

"ArtAround is an attempt at creating a comprehensive, living map of all public art in D.C.," according to its organizers. "Sort of like an 'inside-out museum.' We want to make it easier for you to connect with the wide range of rich, crazy, beautiful historically and personally significant works of art that lives just outside your front door—and to help you learn more about them."

Visitors can even leave their own comments on the site as they visit the locations on the map.

In addition, though the project is starting out with Washington, visitors are encouraged to get involved to create similar maps for their own communities by contacting the organizers.

"ArtAround is based in D.C. because that's where the site's founders are located," according to the group. "We decided to map our community to show you what you could do with yours. If you want to make the public art in your community accessible to everyone, get in touch with us. We'd love to help you get started."


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