If you live in the Bay Area, then you’ve definitely heard about, and most likely experienced, the recent renovation to the Bay Bridge.

If you haven’t heard, here’s the gist of it: The old eastern half of the bridge has been replaced with a new eastern half of the bridge.

Demolition of the old bridge is underway, and once it’s completed, more than 58,000 tons of steel will have been salvaged.

So that raises an interesting question: Just what in the heck are they going to do with all of that steel?

Thanks to efforts from the Oakland Museum of California, a good portion of that steel will be available for local art projects.

The museum will work together with local artists and quality not profits to create new steel works of art from the salvaged material.

As the director of the Oakland Museum of California said: “It’s a way to keep the bridge alive even after it’s gone in a way that people can continue to enjoy but still recognize the history,”

Most of the steel will be recycled for other uses, but it’s always good to see salvaged materials being used in creative ways to benefit the community.