San Francisco Bay Bridge steel to become public art

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Bay Bridge has connected Oakland and San Francisco and been part of the Bay Area skyline for almost 80 years.

Now, nearly two years after a new span has opened, the old one is coming down.

The parts, however, aren’t headed for the landfill. Instead, artists will have a chance to use some of the 480 tons of gray steel girders, rods and rivets to make public projects.

Applications are being accepted now through the start of October under a program run by the Oakland Museum of California.

The steel will be cleaned and ready to be divvied out for free next year. Artists are on their own to cover the costs to make the public art and find a spot to display it.

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