OAKLAND, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) and the state Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee (TBPOC) announce that the original Bay Bridge Troll will be on view at the Museum starting November 6 and continuing through February 26, 2014. The troll’s appearance coincides with the on-view dates for the major exhibition Above and Below: Stories From Our Changing Bay. The media are invited to document the installation of the troll into OMCA’s Gallery of California History, and to interview its creator and key spokespersons, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 5.
PHOTO AND INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY
When: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013
What: Photo opportunity to capture the installation of the original Bay Bridge Troll in the Museum gallery. Bill Roan, who fabricated the troll in 1989, and spokespersons from OMCA and the TBPOC will be available for interviews.
Where: Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
Time: 10 a.m.
OMCA is conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station. Parking is available in OMCA’s Oak Street parking garage for this press conference.
ABOUT THE BAY BRIDGE TROLL
Crafted by local artist Bill Roan, the Bay Bridge Troll was secretly welded to the original East Span in 1989 by ironworkers repairing damage caused by the Loma Prieta earthquake. In August 2013, workers removed the troll when the old East Span was permanently closed to traffic. In Nordic mythology, trolls are master builders, metal workers and protectors of treasure who live under bridges. Many people consider the troll a good-luck icon that dutifully protected the old bridge until the new East Span could be completed. This limited-time viewing, made possible with the cooperation of the TBPOC, coincides with the on-view dates of OMCA’s major exhibition Above and Below: Stories From Our Changing Bay, which features a special section dedicated to the Bay Bridge.
ABOVE AND BELOW: STORIES FROM OUR CHANGING BAY THROUGH FEB. 26
Above and Below: Stories From Our Changing Bay unveils the quirky, dynamic stories of how people and nature together have shaped the San Francisco Bay Area over the last 6,000 years. The first major exhibition to be presented with all three of OMCA's transformed galleries — of California Art, History and Natural Sciences — open to the public, the exhibition highlights historic and contemporary place-based stories about the Bay, and engages viewers in discussions about the Bay's future. Through an extensive use of objects and media featuring oral histories, community voices, and interactives, the exhibition explores how human and natural forces have come together over time to shape and reshape the land and water of San Francisco Bay, and how the issues of sea-level rise, wetlands restoration, invasive species and climate change are determining the future of the Bay.
The exhibition is supported by the California Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Bay Area Toll Authority and the California Transportation Commission. The exhibition and related oral histories, school curriculum, and online resources help satisfy mitigation obligations required for the Bay Bridge East Span replacement project to comply with state and federal environmental laws.
ABOUT THE OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA's groundbreaking exhibits tell the many stories that comprise California with myriad voices, often drawing on first-person accounts by people who have shaped California's cultural heritage. Visitors are invited to actively participate in the Museum as they learn about the natural, artistic and social forces that affect the state, and to investigate their own role in both its history and its future.
The Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee was created by the State Legislature in 2005 to provide project oversight and project control for the Toll Bridge Seismic Retrofit Program in California. The TBPOC is comprised of the Director of the Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the Executive Director of the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA), and the Executive Director of the California Transportation Commission (CTC). The Committee’s oversight and control activities include review and approval of contract bid documents, review and resolution of project issues, evaluation and approval of project change orders and claims, and the issuance of monthly and quarterly program progress reports.
This release is available online at: museumca.org/press