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Cape Agulhas Light house stripped of its character !?

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Cape Agulhas Light house stripped of its character !?

Unread postby PCS » Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:29 pm

On 19 October 2013, after a few months absence from L'Agulhas, we were extremely dissapointed finding the light house after it's renovations painetd a horrible shade of pink !!! The beautiful stone building with its dark "windows" is what gave the light house it's character. I have visited this area hundreds of times and each time admire this iconic building, but this weekend I found myself looking away each time I drove past...


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Re: Cape Agulhas Light house stripped of its character !?

Unread postby Carol g » Thu Oct 24, 2013 1:09 pm

Oh dear, doesn't look nice at all I'm afraid :doh:
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Re: Cape Agulhas Light house stripped of its character !?

Unread postby Tiko » Thu Oct 24, 2013 3:44 pm

Maybe they are trying to protect the sandstone from futher erosion.In a while people will be used to the new look .

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Re: Cape Agulhas Light house stripped of its character !?

Unread postby Hugh » Thu Oct 24, 2013 3:48 pm

When you said pink I thought you meant a real Girlypink ... now that would be horrid I cant see anything wo=rong with it and it will fade in time
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Re: Cape Agulhas Light house stripped of its character !?

Unread postby Stoffel » Thu Oct 24, 2013 6:34 pm

Hugh wrote: cant see anything wrong with it

:roll: :hmz: You must be joking!!!
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Re: Cape Agulhas Light house stripped of its character !?

Unread postby manicwalker » Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:04 am

I tend to agree Hugh,

maybe its just a pinker shade of RED :redface:

Perhaps it will fade a little as it weathers..... :whistle:

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Re: Cape Agulhas Light house stripped of its character !?

Unread postby PCS » Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:40 am

If it was my call, I would have gone the extra mile to at least try to MATCH the sandstone look and darkened the "windows" !!!

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Re: Cape Agulhas Light house stripped of its character !?

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:39 am

Sandstone is very beautiful and I do find it strange that it has been painted over. Do you think it might have something to do with protecting it from the corrosive sea elements?

The sandstone buildings in the Free State are particularly beautiful, but do not have to deal with the harsh elements of salt, storm and sea.

I love the look of age and authenticity, but I am not sure how well it will last given its position and natural challenges.
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Re: Cape Agulhas Light house stripped of its character !?

Unread postby Elmar » Tue Jun 24, 2014 5:55 pm

I must admit that the sandstone was what made Agulhas such a beautiful building. It looks horrible being painted over. I cannot see the new look being featured on a postcard or front cover of a magazine, as has been the case with the sandstone look.

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Re: Cape Agulhas Light house stripped of its character !?

Unread postby 4O4-5O4 » Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:43 pm

Oh dear!
The sandstone building has been exposed to the harsh sea elements for 166 years, and now suddenly someone comes along and slaps a coat of paint on it. What on earth for?

Table mountain is also sandstone and eroding, why dont we go slap a coat of paint on that now too...

That aside, the Agulhas lighthouse has some very interesting history as it was modelled on one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Pharos of Alexander

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Re: Cape Agulhas Light house stripped of its character !?

Unread postby Porridge » Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:11 pm

4O4-5O4 wrote:Table mountain is also sandstone and eroding, why dont we go slap a coat of paint on that now too...


It could look quite fetching in shades of chartreuse and vermillion, 404 ...
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Re: Cape Agulhas Light house stripped of its character !?

Unread postby 4O4-5O4 » Thu Jun 26, 2014 2:57 pm

Indeed, Porridge.

Infact, vermilion looks so good on a flycatcher that in Mexico they even named it so.

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