Bay Bridge Steel

Congratulations to Bay Bridge Steel Program Awardees

A total of 15 artists, designers, and design firms have been awarded steel from the demolition of the Eastern span of the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge. The steel has been made available for use in public projects throughout California, at the conclusion of three rounds of competitive applications. The awardees represent a broad range of artists, architects, landscape architects, planners and other design professionals.

The Bay Bridge Steel Program, originally announced in June 2015, was created in response to significant public interest from Bay Area artists and creative communities to make steel from the bridge available for repurposing and reuse. The 15 successful projects have planned installations in Oakland, along San Francisco's waterfront, on Treasure Island, in Napa and Marin Counties, Truckee/Tahoe and Joshua Tree, California.

Now that the final projects have been selected, distribution of the steel from the Bay Bridge will begin in Spring 2017, with recipients beginning work on their installations soon after.

OMCA, working under the direction of the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee (TBPOC)—which includes the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA), and the California Transportation Commission (CTC)—supports and administers the process of distributing steel from the original bridge. 

The Museum assembled a highly qualified selection committee with expertise in public art, art administration, landscape architecture, structural engineering, and the history of the bridge to review proposed projects and award the available bridge steel. An independent program consultant, Leslie Pritchett, with extensive public art experience, administers the Bay Bridge Steel Program.

Three rounds of applications spanned an 18-month period, ending in December 2016. All applications were considered for projects destined for the public realm within the state of California and that met key criteria, including celebrating or evoking the bridge, its history, or its importance as an iconic structure. The selection committee reviewed proposals and awarded specific elements of salvaged and remediated steel, at no charge, to successful applicants. 

Bay Bridge Steel Program Awardees