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Two Community Projects were undertaken: Interior work at the University Hospital Chapel and exterior work on a horse mascot.
In the Chapel, a half-dome in the ceiling, a sculptural piece, and the front of the altar were all gilded.
The University of Texas at Arlington horse mascot was entirely gilded and then had a chatoyant stenciled pattern (think something akin to spun centers). It was then be toned and waxed.
All work was done on site in genuine gold leaf using LeFranc slow oil size. The Chapel ceiling and top of the sculpture was done from scaffolding (not tall, but via a stationary platform with guardrails, etc.)
The ceiling and horse were gilded with patent leaf; there was a combination of patent and loose leaf on the sculptural elements.
Where: Pontiac, Illinois
When: April 14 through 19, 2016
What: Gilding the proscenium arch at the renovated Eagle Theater and gilding a little fiberglass art car that will be on display in front of the Museum of the Gilding Arts.
Details: Work in progress, above. We parcel gilt elements of the arch. It was oil gilded, mostly using patent and roll leaf.
Certification Requirements: The arch is approximately 16 ft. high, 40 ft. long and 16 in deep, so scaffolding was needed. To work on the scaffold above 6 feet, you MUST be OSHA trained in Scaffold Safety. Online training is available at www.OSHA.com (cost $20) or at www.360training.com. Volunteers asked to do the sizing for the project MUST have had OSHA certified HAZCOM training (also available at the above online training sites).
The art car gilding was also done at the Eagle site, with a combination of gold leaf and aluminum leaf.
See more about the Eagle Center at the City of Pontiac's Visitors' site.
Meals: The City of Pontiac generously gave each volunteer meal vouchers for lunch and dinner during the project.