Completed in the spring of 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge is a majestic structure that dominates the foggy skyline of the San Francisco Bay. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Bay Area landmark, the California Historical Society commissioned Wild Blue Studios to develop “A Wild Flight of the Imagination: The Story of the Golden Gate Bridge,” as a visual history of the larger-than-life structure.
“A Wild Flight of the Imagination: The Story of the Golden Gate Bridge” traces the path leading up to the bridge’s construction, beginning in the early 1800’s and continuing through to the discovery of gold, an age of automobiles and the demand for connecting San Francisco to Marin and Sonoma counties. Finally, the app details the planning and construction phases as well as the reception and celebration of the bridge’s completion. I enjoyed learning the basic history and facts of the Golden Gate Bridge, but more than anything, appreciated the unique stories of people involved in construction. The personal accounts of construction workers heard in audio clips and video recordings of the original architects and structural engineers brought the bridge’s story to life. Interactive elements such as photographs, artwork, letters, and newspaper clippings were also seamlessly woven together with rich music, audio recordings and video giving the story a new dimension.
David Gross is a Corona developer and was a member of Wild Blue Studios at the time. For over a dozen years, David has documented global events and issues through his riveting photography. Be sure to read David’s recent guest post, “If I Were a Rich Man” which details his life as a photojournalist and developer.
As a San Francisco native, I often take for granted the tremendous construction and historical significance of the bridge. Sometimes, it takes a captivating experience to learn the history outside your front door. “A Wild Flight of the Imagination: The Story of the Golden Gate Bridge” is a free download for iPad and provides a great lesson on an American treasure.