April 2 - April 6, 2018

The Eiffel Tower is due for its latest coat of paint, and French officials are debating bringing the monument back to its original color, a bright red. What color do you think it should be?

Answers Votes
The original "Venetian Red" 72%
Keep it the current special shade of brown 21%
Other (please respond in the comments) 6%

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Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; Maintenance + Renovation; North America; Public spaces

Comment from Michael EDISON, (4/2/2018, 10:13 AM)

A similar conversation surrounded the restoration of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, several years ago. Frank Lloyd Wright's original color was also a shade of red, but the museum had been painted grey for decades before the restoration. Ultimately, the New York City Landmarks preservation Commission decided to keep the grey color, as it was what the public had become accustomed to seeing.

Comment from Fred Salome, (4/3/2018, 5:10 AM)

One would need to consider why they changed from Venetian red (an iron oxide) to the present dull brown. The reason for the change may no longer be relevant, in which case a return to the original colour would seem desirable. Of-course, the original did not anticipate the present flood-lighting. Food for thought.

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