Thursday, September 10, 2009

Vincent Thomas Bridge - The Paint

Iridescent Green

It looks like verdigris...
Verdigris is the common name for the green coating or patina formed when copper, brass or bronze is weathered and exposed to air or seawater over a period of time. It is usually a basic copper carbonate, but near the sea will be a basic copper chloride.  (from wikipedia)

But it's not verdigris, it is iridescent green latex paint, a unique color created in part by Caltrans chemists in Sacramento to capture the original shimmering oil-based paint color of the bridge AND meet state environmental standards.

For more on the bridge color here.

For more green bridge pics visit Tash at Palos Verdes Daily Photo.


  1. LL, you got some amazing pictures on that day. I guess it's a once a year opportunity to walk/run on the bridge! Glad you took advantage of it.

  2. Beautiful shot... the green makes it.

  3. Love the shot. I usually takes photos of the VTB while driving. I've always been fascinated by the local icon. Great job on the photo as well as the story; I learned something new today about paint.

  4. Fantastic. The composition and colour so dramatic, and it's a bridge!


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Lori Lynn