Golden Gate Festival

by admin on May 26, 2012

Poster Design by Alexander Atkins Design Inc.

This Sunday marks the 75th Anniversary of the opening of our city’s most iconic monument: The Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden Gate Festival will celebrate the iconic international landmark through music, art, dance, historical exhibits, a display of cars from 1937 to the present, a classic watercraft parade, fireworks, and a spectacular grand finale.

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The May 26-27 celebration, planned by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District and paid for by corporate sponsors, will span about four miles of bayfront, from Fort Point, right below the bridge, all the way down to Pier 39 (where the sea lions hang out) and will include a watercraft parade, dance performances, music, food, history exhibits, a vintage car display and other festivities.

Museums, arts organizations and others are putting together a series of work called 75 Tributes to the Bridge. Composer Rob Kapilow is working on a new symphony in the bridge’s honor. He was out at the bridge last year to record welding and other sounds to incorporate. There will be art exhibits, performances of all kinds and screenings of films with those bridge establishing shots, along with lots and lots of parties.

What makes the bridge so iconic is it’s distinctive color. In case you didn’t know, the bridge is a color called International Orange. Other colors considered and rejected were gray, black and various striped options advocated by the military, which favored visibility over aesthetics. Here are some other interesting facts about the bridge:

Length: 1.7 miles from abutment to abutment
Length of suspension span: 6,450 feet
Length of one cable: 7,650 feet
Diameter of one cable: 36.5 inches
Width: 90 feet
Chief engineer: Joseph B. Strauss

Happy 75th Birthday Golden Gate Bridge!

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