Symphony of Steel--Celebrating the Magic Portal: The Golden Gate Bridge at 75
The Golden Gate Bridge turned 75 on May 27, 2012. Libraries across California are celebrating this milestone and this small book exhibit includes early and modern representations of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. These books include photography, fine press and artist books, pop-up, and architecture travel guides. One can view the early photography of San Francisco by Eadweard Muybridge from 1850-1880 to the modern works of Gene Wright, Mark Klett, pop-up book artist Celia King, artist Claribel Cone, photographer Ginger Burrell, and Archetype Press of Berkeley and the California Book Club are shown here. Many works have described the engineering mastery on of the Golden Gate Bridge. Poet Crystal Hastings described the Golden Gate as a “magic portal…expressing the hope that its towers would be as enduring as the redwoods whose lofty heights they imitated.” Indeed the Golden Gate bridge, or the “symphony of steel,” as Historian Reverend John B. McGloin so aptly described it, remains one of the magical wonders of the world.