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Projects : Golden Gate Bridge Exhibit

Golden Gate Bridge Outdoor Exhibition


Braille Model of the Bridge

A bronze tactile-readable tabletop model of the Bridge with Braille captions. Not described here are ways to make the exhibits accessible to people of varying capabilities, including language (see: exhibit #29).

Update: Bronze braille model is now on display in the main plaza area.

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Photo taken at the LightHouse for the Blind shows the two tactile models next to the machine used to generate braille print.
PVC model on which the final bronze version will be based.
Close-up detail of PVC model.
Due to the size and shape of these large models, early designs called for a special customized angled display stands.

Design by Reitherman.

Fabrication of the angled stands proved to be both difficult and expensive. A modified flat display stand with an extended shelf for the tower was later suggested.
Temporary holding sign which shows the final layout of the model currently being cast in bronze.
Bronze casting of the braille model and tower.
As the final bronze model is being prepared for installation, a temporary printed version is made available on display in the main plaza.
Bronze version of braille model and tower installed in the main plaza area on November 19, 2012.
Final version of bronze braille model and tower
Princeton student Tara Weigand, who assisted in the design of the braille model, poses with the souvenir bridge towers that were fabricated based on their designs.
Braille model and tower, as they currently stand in their natural bronzed state.

Photo taken approximately 2 months after installation.

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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