The Never-Ending Job of Painting the Golden Gate Bridge
J Thoendell stashed this in California
The Golden Gate Bridge is under attack. Corrosive salt air, roadway contaminants, age, UV rays—all these things are trying to turn the majestic span into a pitted skeleton.
Luckily the bridge has a powerful ally: an elite squad of painters, numbering just a few dozen. These busy operatives scurry up, down, and around the span on a never-ending quest to keep it protected and looking sharp.
The job has its ups and downs. There's the swinging through the sky, the whale-watching, and the wielding of badass tools reminiscent of alien torture implements. Less nice, there's a weird kind of marine vertigo and regular exposure to suicides. But Chad Allan sounds like he'd prefer nothing else.
"From A to Z, it's just unbelievable what we're up against and what we're actually able to get done," says the 37-year-old journeyman painter.