WPC: 3 Shades of Orange

It is not just Orange, it is International Orange.

I spent 15 years working on the Golden Gate Bridge, the one place where it is Halloween every day—at least it is the same color palette as Halloween everyday. Rotating shifts every week gave me the amazing opportunity to see the bridge in every kind of weather, in every single season, everyday of the year.

Sherwin Williams is the current supplier of paint to the Bridge District and their Fireweed (color code SW 6328) is the closest off-the-shelf paint color that you can purchase. If you want to have your local paint store match it exactly they will need to mix the following CMYK colors: C= Cyan: 0%, M =Magenta: 69%, Y =Yellow: 100%, K = Black: 6%.

The color purple has got nothing on the Big Orange, as evidenced by these photos taken at morning, afternoon and night.

Some say that the color selection of the bridge was a happy accident. The video below will give you some insight on that topic.


Related Links:

  1. Kevin Starr talks about the history of the color of the Golden Gate Bridge
  2. Golden Gate Bridge Research Library article
  3. Variations of International Orange color in Industry

  6 comments for “WPC: 3 Shades of Orange

  1. March 8, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Although I was not surprised that you used the GGB for this challenge, I always enjoy your interpretation of it.


    • March 8, 2015 at 6:10 PM

      Thank you, Sally. It is a challenge to come up with new angles/insights with this marvel, especially now that I am not there on a regular basis & with access to great points-of-view.


  2. Janet Sunderland
    March 8, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    I have to echo the above Janet…these are photos of love.-09843


    • March 8, 2015 at 5:15 PM

      Thank you, Janet. It is too big and too orange not to love. As one of my co-workers said, “working there is one of those life-experiences that you just have to do.”

      He is right and I am glad that I did it—I met some remarkable people along the way and learned some life-lessons that I carry with me to this day.


  3. March 8, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Photos of love, Allan. I particularly like the bottom one and the feeling of enormous height.



Questions? Comments? Let's talk...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: