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Projects : Golden Gate Bridge Exhibit

Golden Gate Bridge Outdoor Exhibition


Color of Bridge, Painting, Corrosion

The International Orange color of the Golden Gate Bridge is very much part of its landmark signature. The choice of that color involved interesting aesthetic studies done when the Bridge was under construction. There were alternative paint schemes proposed, such as the yellow-and-black stripe design intended to make it more visible for aircraft. The job of removing rust and painting the Bridge is a constant one, and involves steeplejack or mountain climbing ability on the part of the painters to access hard to reach areas high in the structure. High-performance primers and paint are also required to be durable in the wet and salty environment.

STATUS: Interim exhibit currently on display near the Battery exhibit area.

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Original version from April 2011.

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Original version from April 2011.

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Revised version from July 2011.

Note: placeholders for mounted I-beam samples (one bare steel and one with primer).

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Revised version from July 2011.

This version shows the original layout for various lift doors that show the different types of metal.

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Another revised version from November 2011.

This version consolidates the content down into one sign display. Lift doors concept is removed.

The latest version from May 2012.

Note: Due to the special mounting requirements for the I-beam samples, this version needed to be printed and mounted in two separate sections.

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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last updated 05.27.14