No new paint on the bridge today, so it’s a good time to point out that this site has been featured in a UVA Magazine article called Wet Paint (digital print edition here), which is about graffiti around the University.
I’m just glad that other people see value in what I’ve put together here! Erin, the author of the article, did more digging and research on the history of Beta Bridge that didn’t make it into the final story. She shared some old images she found with me, so here they are:
Somewhat to my surprise, it looks like the road and the sidewalk actually used to be more covered in paint than they are now.
Some interesting older stencil work (also undated – ’90s?):
This one is looking pretty old, but also undated (’70s? ’80s?):
If you have any old pictures of Beta Bridge, please send them to me and I will post them. This could be a great repository for the history of the bridge!
On a somewhat related note, this site has gotten a fair amount of traffic recently from this Reddit post about layers of paint on a beam in the NYC subway:
While that is certainly old, interesting and attractive in its own right, other users astutely pointed out that those layers have nothing on Beta Bridge: