UVA Magazine

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.

Wet Paint article in UVA Magazine

Wet Paint article in UVA Magazine

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:

The bridge painted like it's covered in brick (undated).

The bridge painted like it’s covered in brick (undated).

Somewhat to my surprise, it looks like the road and the sidewalk actually used to be more covered in paint than they are now.

Another angle of the bridge painted like brick (mid-90's?).

Another angle of the bridge painted like brick (mid-90’s?).

Some interesting older stencil work (also undated – ’90s?):

ΣΣΣ BAR NIGHT | THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ΣΣΣ… THIS IS ART BY MARK PETERS AND VIET LE

This one is looking pretty old, but also undated (’70s? ’80s?):

OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU SIGMA CHI - THE UNIVERSITY

OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU SIGMA CHI – THE UNIVERSITY (Photo by Jeanne Nicholson)

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:

Picture from Reddit user Perkinberry showing layers of paint in NYC subway.

Picture from Reddit user Perkinberry showing layers of paint in 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:

Reddit posts referring to BBAD

Reddit posts referring to the numerous layers of paint on Beta Bridge

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