When the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened in November 1936, a San Francisco Chronicle headline heralded it as “The Greatest Thing in the World.” The Bay Bridge, the latest in a series of OMCA exhibitions at the Oakland International Airport, examines this monumental structure, exploring both its historic construction and the new eastern span of the bridge, as well as the social and cultural setting of the 1930's building project and opening celebrations. Also featured are the never-built, alternative designs for both the historic bridge and the new eastern span.
In its day, the bridge was a soaring achievement. It was the longest bridge ever built, it required greater quantities of steel and concrete than any comparable project, and seven of its piers were the deepest in the world. When the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge officially opens, the Bay Area will add a new landmark to its famous collection of bridges.
The exhibition features photography and artifacts from the Oakland Museum of California, the California Historical Society, San Francisco Public Library’s History Center and Photograph Collection, Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the California Department of Transportation.
The Bay Bridge is located in three areas of Oakland International Airport. The exhibit sites are located in Terminal 2 between Gates 25 and 26, in Terminal 1 before the security checkpoint, and in the connecting walkway between the two terminals.