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Ray Strong
Golden Gate Bridge
1934
oil
44 1/8 x 71 3/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service



The prospect of connecting San Francisco and Marin County, a distance of less than two miles, had long been considered impossible due to high winds and strong currents. In showing pylons built to anchor steel cables, Strong emphasized the technical challenges engineers faced in building the world's largest suspension bridge. President and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt were so impressed with this painting that they selected it for display in the White House.