Thought everyone might like to know that the City of London Corporation website indicates (a) a repaint of Tower bridge between 2008 and 2012, and (b) installation of a Sydney Harbour Bridge style countdown clock to the Olympics in 2012 being installed from the bridge gantry ahead of the Games (presumably to be installed after Beijing finishes!)
Think both are good ideas personally - I have been wondering for years when the bridge was due for a repaint and had wondered what colour it might be next (I understand it was silver for the 1977 Jubilee?)
In any event - expect more tourists in Potters Field Prk wanting to have their photo against the clock and bridge backdrop!
I agree a re-paint is due. It was painted red, white and blue to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee, and it was indeed chocolate brown before. It's always been my favourite bridge in London, made even more so when my partner got down on 1 knee and proposed last year on it:O) Be interesting to see the clock, hope it doesn't look tacky. Potters field is a great place to go when the suns out to have a picnic and a bottle of vino :O)
I was wondering what Tower Bridge would look like if it was painted in one of the more traditional "red lead" colours for steelwork.
It proably doesn't want something quite as lurid as the "International Orange" used for the Golden Gate Bridge (to ensure it can be seen by shipping and aircraft in thick fog), but Forth Bridge Red has its attractions.
Intriguingly, the "bronze" colour used for the last repainting of the Eiffel Tower is pretty close to what I can recall of the former "chocolate brown" colour of Tower Bridge from my childhood.
[Will this thread attract as much debate as the one on the colour scheme of the Floral Hall portico at Boruough Market???]
I'm sure it will attract considerable debate, given its iconic status. Personally, I hate the idea of a clock there - but, then, I don't give two hoots about the Olympics and the ensuing travel chaos, et al.....
Thanks for that James. In my view a great idea - but then I am all for the 2012 Olympics and the regeneration benefits they will undoubtedly bring (but no doubt that is for another thread!) alongside the global showcase for our city, and for that matter SE1. Guess the key thing now is that Omega design a good looking countdown clock!