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Projects : Golden Gate Bridge Exhibit

Golden Gate Bridge Outdoor Exhibition


Descriptions and Summary Illustrations of exhibits [download list]

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Exhibit Description
Maximum Bridge Deflection, Right
Same as #23 except this has a different number to identify the different location of this exhibit on the site plan.
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).
Current Work on the Bridge
This “exhibit du jour” is a placeholder for changing exhibits related to current work on the Bridge – and there is always work underway on the Bridge. With or without “docents” such as an ironworker, exhibits would explain to the public what is being done at the time they are visiting the Bridge.
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.
Welcome, Orientation (south entrance)
A display at both the south and north entrances to the Battery Lancaster gallery provide multi-lingual orientation for the visitor. Cell phone interpretation of the exhibition and individual exhibits is provided in a number of languages. Smart phone access to the GGBHTD website provides another means of accessing information. Braille is included on the display.
Welcome, Orientation (north entrance)

[see #29]

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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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