Gold Leaf Restoration is well known for the scope and quality of its many large scale architectural gilding projects. For many years we’ve assisted the internationally reknowned sculptor Larry Kirkland, as well as other artists, in creating immense site- specific public artworks. Needless to say, with installations of several stories in height, and including literally thousands of gilded elements, GLR’s project management expertise has been crucial to successful outcomes.
Gilding historical private and public structures often entail gilding walls, ceilings, domes, and various exterior elements. Leaf types available for architectural purposes range from the traditional 23K gold to the new oxidized silver leafs and colored leafs. The combinations of patterns, textures, and colors in such leaf for surface treatments are virtually limitless; from antique bronze to highly reflective color. These options yield a variety of effects for walls, ceilings, and decorative elements; and can impart imaginative modern surfaces as well as faithful historical accuracy.
EMANUEL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL: Larry Kirkland, artist, Portland, OR. Stenciled and painted wall mural, Japanese dyed silver leaf birds on wood ceiling, 120 feet, 2011. 12K LEAFED CEILING AND FOYER: Private residence, Newport, CA, 2006. AMERICANA AT BRAND: A 19 foot diameter ribbed dome with 14 foot statue, Bonderized sheet metal, and fiberglass. Gilded in 18 gram, 23K gold leaf. Glendale, CA, 2008. SPIRIT OF AMERICAN YOUTH: 18 foot cast bronze, gilded in 18 gram 23K gold leaf. Glendale, CA. 2008. Toned aluminum leaf. Gilding the logo onto a 14’ Adidas shoe fabricated by Axiom for Adidas’ Portland campus. 30’ long dining ceiling feature in toned aluminum leaf for Delta Yacht’s Invictus, Seattle, WA. Fixing a 10 foot cross while high on a steeple with the Columbia gorge in the background. It had badly worn leaf with wood damaged by woodpeckers. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, The Dalles, OR. Gilding the cross with 5” master rolls of 23K gold. Concentrating on the work was preferable to looking down. Gilding the Pittock Mansion’s ceiling in aluminum leaf, before toning to a 12K color. The finished Pittock Mansion ceiling. JOAN OF ARC: Emmanual Fremiet sculpture, Portland, OR, dedicated in 1925. Re-gilded in 23K gold leaf on primed and de-oxidized cast bronze. Lifesize, 2002. PRIVATE RESIDENCE: Portland, OR 2002. Water gilt 23K approximately 1,000 ft. of panel molding in central foyer, hallway, and 2 rooms. LARRY KIRKLAND SCULPTURE: 6 foot aluminum fabrication, gilded in 23K gold leaf. Children’s Learning Center, Charlotte, NC, 2007. LARRY KIRKLAND SCULPTURE: Jacksonville Library, Jacksonville, FL, 2004. Nancy gilds one of the book elements in 23K gold leaf for the outdoor sculpture. LARRY KIRKLAND SCULPTURE: Jacksonville Library, Jacksonville, FL, 2004. Here the final sculpture has been installed. The gilded key above is 8 feet high. FRANKLIN COUNTY COURT HOUSE: Pasco, WA. (Survey and execution) Brass leaf, dyed on all ornament throughout 2 floors of historic court house, 2005. FRANKLIN COUNTY COURT HOUSE: Pasco, WA, 2005. All interior cast plaster ornamentation gilded in brass leaf, color glazed and sealed. LARRY KIRKLAND SCULPTURE: Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, 2008. LARRY KIRKLAND SCULPTURE: Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, 2008. The footed vessel was visible inside and out from the elevators in the main atrium space. 15 foot diameter elements. Gilded in 23K gold leaf. FRANKLIN CO. COURTHOUSE EAGLE: Gilded in 23K after restoring the badly eroded plaster eagle. CHERBERG BUILDING, CIRCA 1937: Olympia State Capitol Campus, Olympia, WA 2007. We conducted a survey of the Cherberg ceiling, in order to determine the best course of action for restoration or reproduction of the original painted and gilded finish. Most of the original surface was preserved by careful removal of the over paints. CHERBERG BUILDING, CIRCA 1937: Olympia State Capitol Campus, Olympia, WA 2007. Here we are applying new leaf where needed. Here’s another view of the completed statue. PITTOCK MANSION CEILING: Portland Park Bureau, Portland, OR. Aluminum leaf, dyed to a 12K color on plaster ceiling, 30 feet x 20 feet, 2007. CHERBERG BUILDING, CIRCA 1937: Olympia State Capitol Campus, Olympia, WA 2007. This is a section of the refinished ceiling. LARRY KIRKLAND SCULPTURE: 38 aluminum rings up to 40 feet in length, gilded in 23K gold leaf. Texas A & M University, Frisco, TX, 2006. PRIVATE RESIDENCE: Portland, OR 2002. Water gilt 23K approximately 1,000 ft. of panel molding in central foyer, hallway, and 2 rooms. SPIRIT OF AMERICAN YOUTH: 18 foot cast bronze, gilded in 18 gram 23K gold leaf. Glendale, CA, 2008. O’BRIEN CEILING: Washington State Capitol, Olympia, WA. (Survey and execution) Aluminum and brass leaf, dyed, and paint on plaster ceiling, 40 feet x 25 feet, 2011. ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINE “MARINER”: Larry Kirkland, artist. Finland Brass leaf and paint on aluminum, fabricated by F.S. in Seattle. Largest sphere is 30 feet in diameter, 2003. Another view showing the entire atrium.