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Why is the Golden Gate Bridge orange? A kid's book explains




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The cover of "This Bridge Will Not Be Gray."
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Kids ask all sorts of good questions about the world surrounding them: Why is the sky blue? Why is the earth round?

Unless your family lives in Northern California, your child may not ask, "Why is the Golden Gate Bridge orange?" But it's a really good question.

The fascinating answer is beautifully explained in a new book for kids, written by Dave Eggers and brought to life with paper cut-outs by artist Tucker Nichols, called "This Bridge Will Not Be Gray."

Artwork by Tucker Nichols from the book
Artwork by Tucker Nichols from the book "This Bridge Will Not Be Gray."
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Part of the answer to why the Golden Gate Bridge turned out the way it did, Tucker Nichols explains, can be explained by happenstance. But it's also something more than that.

"There is something really at the heart of it about boldness," Nichols says. "It's not just serendipity. It's really saying, 'We've just built this thing, people have died making it, no one said it could be done, here it is. If we're going to make it this big, if we're going to make it this great, let's go for it. Make it bold, make it memorable to everyone in the world.'"

To hear the full interview with Tucker Nichols, click the link above.