Golden Gate Bridge 75

Submitted by Jeremy Sutton

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Client: Embarcadero Four Conference Center

Location: San Francisco, California, United States

Completion date: 2012

Artwork budget: $18,000

Project Team

Artist

Jeremy Sutton

Sutton Studios and Gallery

Other

Peggy Gyulai

Peggy Gyulai Studio

Overview

120″ wide x 84″ high, mixed media on canvas
Created in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. This painting is a tribute to the vision, determination, skill and sacrifice of the many people we have to thank for this magnificent icon. In the lower left you see the faces of five important players in the creation of the bridge: Joseph Strauss, Chief Engineer, Amadeo Peter Giannini, financial guarantor, Irving F. Morrow, consulting architect, Charles Ellis, engineer, and Leon Moissieff, designer. The workers who toiled above and below the treacherous waters are also represented.

Goals

Goal was to create a collage portrait of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge that spanned the 75 years since it was built and reflected the effort, vision and persistence that went into it's creation, plus the joy and enthusiasm with which it was greeted and celebrated.

Process

Creating this artwork involved considerable research in the San Francisco Public Library micro fiche archive searching through the original newspaper headlines of 1937 (Throughout the artwork are newspaper clippings from the San Francisco Chronicle published on May 27th, 1937, the day the bridge was opened to the public, and the subsequent two days), plus going to the San Francisco Historical Society archives and looking at original drawings and plans and photos from the building of the bridge.