Starting in 1937, Bonestell began work for the forthcoming 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, timed to coincide with the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge. Bonestell designed the cover for the event program, and did numerous paintings for the project, including aerial views of the island, and renderings of the landscaping and architecture.
The Golden Gate Bridge featured many times in Bonestell's work. He first prepared illustrations of it in 1932 for Joseph Strauss, the chief engineer on the design for the bridge. "For the next five years, Bonestell's artwork helped the engineer explain 'to the directors how the money allocated each month was to be spent... I [Bonestell] was hired to draw cutaway sections showing in great detail how various parts were to be constructed.' Bonestell also made several contributions to the bridge's final appearance." (Miller & Durant)
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