After reading more about the history of the Eiffel Tower, it is surprising to note that the construction of the Eiffel Tower was controversial among artists in France at the time. Many of them came together and formed a committee, drafting this petition to send to Gustave Eiffel:
Since its completion in 1889, the tower has been repainted 18 times, about once every 7 years. It takes 25 painters 18 months to complete the paint job. This is with about 60 tons of paint.
Let's also note that this process is still done by hand!!
BACKGROUND OF THE EIFFEL TOWER’S COLOURS :
- 1887/88 : "Venetian red" paint, applied in the workshop before the parts were assembled.
- 1889 :Application of a very thick, reddish-brown coat.
- 1892 :The Tower turns "ochre brown".
- 1899 :A coat of 5 colours is painted in shaded tones from yellow-orange at the base to light yellow at the top. It was after this repainting campaign that the 7-year cycle was adopted for the renewal of the paintwork.
- 1907-1917-1924-1932-1939-1947 :The colour is called "yellow-brown". The 1917 repainting was delayed because of the war.
- 1954-61 :A new colour for the Eiffel Tower: "brownish-red".
- 1968-1975-1982-1988-1995-2002 :The colour “Eiffel Tower Brown” is chosen for its harmony with the Parisian cityscape. It was applied in three shaded tones, with the darkest at the bottom and the lightest at the top.