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Projects : Golden Gate Bridge Exhibit

Golden Gate Bridge Outdoor Exhibition


Suspender Rope Strength "Chairlift"

The weight of the deck and what it carries is supported by the 500 vertical lines that extend across the Bridge, the steel suspender ropes. The exhibit translates the weight of the visitor(s) into a multiple of the capacity of the piece of suspender rope that holds them up (a factor in the range of 3,000 to 4,000).

STATUS: No plans to produce the exhibit at this time.

Detail concept drawing by Reitherman showing how the weight of the visitors would be displayed.


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