Library of Congress Doors

Replicating the original bronze cast panels in glass for several sets of doors was a unique experience and an honor for Fireart. Beginning with silicon molds taken directly from the original doors, we made wax models then investment molds for the 12 different figures. These were cast using iron free glass then etched and hand rubbed to get the desired surface and translucency. Finally, each piece was laminated to tempered float glass to meet safety standards.

Original doors: 1939
New doors: 2013
Panel dimensions: 35" x 22"
Photographs: Jamie Coughlin, Charlie Lieberman, Jeff Wallin, Ray Ahlgren

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