The California Historical Society will open an exhibition on February 26, 2012 in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Exhibition featuring rarely seen artwork, photographs, film footage, and historic bridge artifacts is part of the region wide celebration organized by The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. CHS is pleased to be partnering with the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District on this exhibition.
The title of the exhibition – A Wild Flight of the Imagination – is borrowed from a 1921 promotional prospectus for the Golden Gate Bridge. The authors, chief engineer for the Bridge Joseph Strauss and San Francisco city engineer M.M. O’Shaughnessy, used inspirational language to set a tone for the enormously ambitious engineering feat–language and imagery that would stay with the project and that clings to our image of the Bridge even today.