Art Installation at Oakland Army Base Will Incorporate Old Bay Bridge Steel


Courtesy of CBS and Post Staff


Salvaged steel from the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge has been awarded to five projects for public display, including one at the old Oakland Army Base – with more awards on the way, Oakland Museum of California officials have announced.


The chosen projects include a public sculpture near the Petaluma River, a gate for an arts center in Joshua Tree, two public installations near the bridge and an observation platform for a park in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, museum officials said.


One of the project is the Oakland-based Hyphae Design would create several installations in the redevelopment of the old Oakland Army Base.


Development of that space as a new logistics center for the Port of Oakland is finally underway after the land was turned over to the city and port a decade ago.


The installations by Hyphae would incorporate the original 504-foot truss spans, fashioning them into a bridge tower that would frame the touchdown of the bicycle and pedestrian route on the new eastern span and an observation deck at Burma Road and Maritime Street with views of the port and bridge.


The steel was salvaged from the ongoing dismantling of the old Bay Bridge, which started last summer The Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee, the governing body for the construction of the new eastern span, directed the museum to find artists to award the salvaged steel.


The five projects chosen are the first of three rounds of awards of bridge steel. Applicants for future rounds must submit proposals by May 2 or Dec. 1 of next year.


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