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Projects : Golden Gate Bridge Exhibit

Golden Gate Bridge Outdoor Exhibition


Bridge Towers

Explains how the entire weight of the bridge deck, with vehicles, pedestrians, bikes, etc., is carried up to the main cables and up over the towers. Where the cables go over the towers they hand off that load. The towers must carry all the weight down to their foundations. The size of the “footprint” at the foundation is related to the tremendous weight the towers support.

STATUS: Interim exhibit currently installed near the Battery Exhibit area.

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original concept design by Reitherman. 6/24/10

revised version from: 04/28/11
revised version from: 09/28/11 to match actual painted color of the Bridge.

Note: Art Deco information on the bottom of the panel was later moved to the Bridge Aesthetics exhibit.

revised version from: 01/26/12 using the sign layout style agreed upon by the GGBHTD and Golden Gate Parks Conservancy.

layout design by Hunt Design

current version based upon the layout style shown above - installed on site: 05/28/12

Note: additional space on bottom allowing for the eventual mounted cross-section of a rivet.

Front view of the interim Tower Exhibit showing the mounted rivet cross-section samples.
Visitor interacts with rivet cross-sections on interim Tower Exhibit.

Funding for the project has been provided by the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings, National Science Foundation. Dr. Al DeSena is the NSF project officer for this award. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

All images are the property of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District and cannot be re-used without its permission. Contact Mary Currie, Public Affairs Director,

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