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Projects : Golden Gate Bridge Exhibit

Golden Gate Bridge Outdoor Exhibition


LIFETILES Animation of Construction

Using the artistic technology developed by Rufus Butler Seder, this glass tile mural animates as the visitor walks past it, displaying first the Golden Gate before the Bridge was built, then the stages of construction (foundations and towers, main cables, vertical suspender cables, deck).

STATUS: Redesigned LIFETILES mural installed in plaza on October 24, 2012. (see photos below).

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Rufus Butler Seder, creator of the animated LIFETILES, uses a grid to visualize how he will recreate the Golden Gate Bridge.
Drawings are made to identify the phases of construction that will be seen in the LIFETILES.
Each tile is sand blasted, polished, and then hand inspected to ensure optimal image quality.
A wall to hold the finished tiles is installed on site.
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.
Brief video briefly shows the current LIFETILES, as well as some of the other exhibits currently on site.

AVI : 82 MB

Total time: 3:14

Visitor stop to take their picture with the LIFETILES exhibit.
Test animation to help illustrate the pacing for the new LIFETILES animation panels.
Howard and Laurel Bowen install the new version of the LIFETILES mural.
The redesigned version divides the animation into two seperate panels which allows for much clearer images to be viewed.
A closer look at the second of the two sections.
A middle divider section was later added to prevent visitors from climbing through and possibly injuring themselves.
This photo taken three months after installation shows both the early and latter phases of the Bridge construction.
Lifetiles Mural: Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge [video]

Total time: 1:06

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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