Since its construction in 1889, the Eiffel Tower has been repainted a record 19 times. With the latest makeover to start this October, many have been speculating what color the tower will be painted next.
The project is set to take three years, scheduled to end in 2021, as it takes over 60 tonnes of paint to freshen up the iconic Parisian structure. Built in 1889 for the Paris World Fair, the tower commemorated the centennial of the French Revolution. The 984 foot structure from architect Gustave Eiffel, was originally meant to be temporary, but quickly became immensely popular, especially among tourists.
Currently a murky brown, the Eiffel Tower was originally painted deep red, an attempt to combat rust. However, it was re-painted ochre in 1892. In the early 1900s, it was changed to a cheery yellow, though this was thought to be ‘too optimistic for the era’ and it was quickly dulled to a yellow-brown.
Painting An Iconic Momument
The tower is repainted every seven years, painstakingly by hand, and using traditional methods, to ‘keep her looking young’. In 1968, the authorities tried to restore it to its ruddy roots, painting it red-brown. This specially mixed bronze colour came to be known as “Eiffel Tower Brown”.
In the same way that a painting is restored, experts hope to rediscover and revive the old colors, buried under 19 coats of paint over the last 129 years. It is believed that the original shades will influence the return to a bolder red.
The new revamp is to be part of a €300 million plan that also involves installing a bullet-proof palisade around the base. This process is expected to take at least 15 years to complete, as the tower will remain open to visitors.