On Scene with Bill Wilson at the New Bay Bridge

Old bridge from the new bridge.

In case you haven’t yet had the opportunity to use the new east span of the Bay Bridge, The Oakland Museum of California provides an excuse to go to Oakland and see several exhibits that explore the history and the beauty of the Bridge in their galleries at 1000 Oak Street in Oakland.

On view in the Gallery of California Art is an exhibit of black and white photographs taken in the 1930’s of construction on both the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges. The photos were taken by Peter Stackpole, who was a staff photographer for Life Magazine.  In the Great Hall is an exhibit called “Above and Below: Stories From our Changing Bay.” It includes stories of how people and nature have changed the San Francisco Bay area over the last 6,000 years.


Oakland Museum of California, Main Museum  1000 Oak Street Oakland

Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 5 pm  Friday 11am to 9pm Admission is $12. general; $9 senior: $6 –ages 9-17 Children under 8 are free.

The Peter Stackpole exhibit runs until January 26, 2014

The Above and Below Exhibit runs until February 23, 2014


Running from November 9, 2013 until June 29, 2014 will be a film of archival Images called “Bay Motion: Capturiing San Francisco Bay on Film.”

Towering differences between the old and new bridges.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission hosts two exhibits involving a more contemporary view of the new Bay Bridge East Span. Martin Chandrawinata has been capturing photos of the construction of the new span since 2007 for a weekly report on the progress. “Through an Engineer’s Lens” is an exhibit of his photos on display in the Hall of the Commission Building at 101 8th Street in Oakland. Also on display are photos by Tom Pavia who traveled to China in 2009 to document the production of the cable, the tower and deck parts. The exhibit is called “The Art of Steel”.

In the Metro Café and Lobby of the MTC Building is an exhibit called “Crossing Over” which is described as “A collaborative photo-based project exploring the Bay Bridge, involving the repetitive exposure and exchange of film and intended to redefine the boundaries of authorship and the photographic document while creating a novel approach to describing landscape.” The Metro Café is open from 7 am until 3 pm Monday through Friday.  

Metropolitan Transportation Commission, 101 Eighth Street, Oakland

Hours-  Monday through Friday 9am to 5 pm.


Both exhibits at the MTC run until the end of December 2013.


Photo C  – Cruising on the new span.


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