This Bridge Will Not Be Gray

This Bridge Will Not Be Gray

Book - 2015
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"The Golden Gate Bridge is the most famous bridge in the world. It is also, not entirely coincidentally, the world's only bright-orange bridge. But it wasn't supposed to be that way. In this book, fellow bridge-lovers Dave Eggers and Tucker Nichols tell the story of how it happened - how a bridge that some people wanted to be red and white, and some people wanted to be yellow and black, and most people wanted simply to be gray, instead became, thanks to the vision and stick-to-itiveness of a few peculiar architects, one of the most memorable man-made objects ever created."--provided by Amazon.com.
Publisher: San Francisco : McSweeney's, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781940450476
1940450470
Branch Call Number: 624.23 Eg
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Nichols, Tucker 1970-

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AL_STEFFEN Jun 27, 2017

A very well told story behind the color of the Golden Gate Bridge. Did you know it is rusty orange, and not red? Did you know that many practical and dull people though the bridge should be white, or black, or gray?

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JanPruatt
Aug 01, 2016

The pictures in this book are delightful and were done by a man who lives and works near the Golden Gate Bridge.

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jannylegs
Jul 14, 2016

Brilliant. Better for the big kid in adult clothing.

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noluckboston
Dec 09, 2015

Not a bad book per se, but a book you will have to read to your children. I doubt really young children will be able to read and understand words like
"grotesque" or "Jubilation." Seems like big words for a 4 year old.

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JanPruatt
Aug 01, 2016

JanPruatt thinks this title is suitable for 4 years and over

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noluckboston
Dec 09, 2015

noluckboston thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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JanPruatt
Aug 01, 2016

This is the second book by Eggers I’ve read. It’s actually a picture book for the younger set and granddaughter found it interesting until her eyes got heavy and she fell asleep before we finished. As the front fly indicated … This Bridge Will Not Be Gray is a joyful history lesson in picture book form – a gorgeously crafted story that teaches us how beauty and inspiration tend to come from the most unexpected places.

Some things I learned while reading are:

1) Some people wanted the bridge to be painted red and white, others thought yellow and black appropriate and those who wanted it gray wondered who would object to such a serious color.

2) One man wanted the bridge painted orange. His name was Irving Morrow, a local man and an architect.

3) He designed the bridge.

4) He also liked the color of the first two towers which were built and soared 746 feet above water level. They were orange because they were painted with what was a “no frills anti-rust paint”.

5) The official color was called International Orange.

6) On any given day, painters are repainting some part of the bridge using 10,000 gallons of paint a year.

The art work in the book is done by Tucker Nichols, another local resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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JanPruatt
Aug 01, 2016

Other: Beware of brightly colored pictures so lovingly created by artist - Tucker Nichols.

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JanPruatt
Aug 01, 2016

When Irving Morrow was on the ferry one day, he watched this orange steel being assembled, and he had a thought. He thought that this color was beautiful.

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