Professors and partners Christopher Popowich and Cindy Limauro designed the original six lighting sequences for the bridge's dedication in 2009. They visually translated metaphors from Randy Pausch's book, The Last Lecture. The abstract pattern of penguin shapes on the bridge's skin was also taken from one of Pausch's life lessons: that even in dangerous waters, one penguin had to be brave enough to take the first dive.
The newest lighting show designs are the result of a course that brought together students and professors from different disciplines. The course investigated 'light as art' and continues Pausch's legacy of encouraging creativity and collaboration.
The student-professor designed shows include a sequence that depicts a universal day in 20 minutes from sunrise to sunset, a show that takes and interprets weather data, and TwitterBridge, which visually represents tweets (@Pausch_Bridge) from the campus community.
The Pausch Bridge commemorates the spirit of Randy Pausch, the inspiring computer science professor who died in 2008 of pancreatic cancer. The light shows can be seen nightly from dusk until dawn. Watch a video of the lighting show, in super speed, below: