What color is the Eiffel Tower?
I woke up de très bonne heure (very early) this morning, so I decided to call my friend Mo in Paris.
I love chatting with Mo. Apart from the fact that he’s one of the most perpetually happy people I’ve ever met (c’est vrai, Monsieur Sunshine!), it’s a joy to “accompany” him as he walks Paris’ streets and describes what he’s seeing.
Today he was out for one of his legendary photo strolls, on his way to a camera shop. He described his surroundings to me and I guessed almost immediately where he was: Under the Bir-Hakeim bridge, near the Eiffel Tower.
But it also happens to be one of my favorite spots from which to shoot the Eiffel Tower. In the mid-afternoon, the light can be spectacular.
I’ve always wondered what gave the Eiffel Tower its bronze iridescence. Today I found out, courtesy of Mo.
“They’re done painting the Eiffel Tower,” he said. We talked about what a difficult, dangerous job it must be—especially in winter.
“Did you know that they paint it several different colors?” he asked. He couldn’t remember if it got lighter or darker as it approached the top, so I promised to Google it.
Thanks to colourlovers.com, I learned that it’s painted in three shades of brown, the darkest at the bottom.
This hasn’t always been the case, though. At one point it was almost crimson; at another, yellow. Here’s the evidence, courtesy of Bret Arnett:
I must say I rather favor the brown.
A big thanks to Mo for brightening yet another day. Je te souhaite une très bonne journée!
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