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Projects : Golden Gate Bridge Exhibit

Golden Gate Bridge Outdoor Exhibition


History Mural
The history of the Golden Gate Bridge has many themes: financial and political challenges to develop it, engineering and construction challenges to build it, the Depression-era workers who worked on it, its effect on the regional economy, its use in numerous movies and television shows.

Temporary banner currently installed in the Battery Exhibit area.

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This exhibit started with this simple drawing, using an irregular timeline scale, since a majority of the available pictorial materials would involve the actual construction of the Bridge.

Drawing by Reitherman

This sketch illustrates some of the unique challenges that needed to be factored into the design; namely being mounted outdoors, on a curved surface, with a sloped or varying wall height.

Drawing by Reitherman

One of the preferred concepts of the mural was to use the GGB blueprint as a backdrop to help visually divide the 3 sections of the history narrative: Design & Engineering; Construction; and Maintenance and Preservation.
Also preferred by a number of the project advisors was this alternate version which uses more large-scale images that can be better viewed from a distance.
Since actual the cut-through process is still on hold - it was suggested by the NPS that a "temporary" history banner be hung in the Battery area instead.
Banner concept, shown with history stands, incorporates the content originally intended for the mural endcap(s).
Brief video shows the installation of the first unreinforced banner, as well as some of the other exhibits currently on site.

AVI : 82 MB

Total time: 3:14

A popular exhibit since its installation, the current history banner shown with the history panel displays.

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