Lakefront Airport Cast Glass Restoration Lighting

Submitted by George Scott

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Client: BelouMagner Construction

Location: New Orleans, USA

Completion date: 2013

Project Team

Artist

George Scott

Architect

Alton Ochsner Davis

Overview

Completed in 1934, Lakefront Airport (then Shushan Airport) featured a beautiful Art Deco Interior with metalwork, murals, and terrazzo mosaic floors. After the airport was heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina, we were brought in to restore and replicate the original cast glass lighting.

Goals

On this project we were able to closely replicate the original design of the cast glass lenses using the few remaining original pieces as guides. We developed a casting method that allowed us to match shape and pattern, and the lighting that we created looks just like the historical photographs of the building.

Process

Working with the project's lighting specialist, we moved through many iterations of slight color and texture variations, taking into account light source and diffusion concerns. Samples went back and forth, and eventually we succeeded in creating a happy medium that was nearly indistinguishable from the originals.