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These would look absolutely amazing installed in a wall as a pair of wall sconces on either side of a bed or sofa or even outdoors at an entry.
Ellamarie and Jackson Woolley worked directly with architectural firms on individually commissioned projects. Their aim is total integration of their designed and executed metal and enamel walls, panels, murals or reliefs with the architecture. These works in textured, hammered, patinated and partially enameled copper are for both interior and exterior uses.
In 1964, the Woolley's were commissioned to create Decorative Copperwork for the San Diego Civic Theatre (Ruocco, Kennedy, & Rosser, A.I.A.) including Light Reflectors, Light Articulators, and two 10 foot by 16 foot Sculptural Reliefs. One of these murals, "Creative Sun," is pictured in the last black and white photograph from 1964 as a reference.
The bending and shaping process employed on these Light Reflectors is unusual since they do not appear to be repousse pieces which involve hammering the back of a piece of copper. This also leaves the surface more reflective.
Some years later the City of San Diego took down all of these works in an effort to remodel the Civic Theatre. Salvaged items were then sold off through the City Store about 25 years ago. It is extraordinary to find any of these pieces. These two were salvaged in fantastic original condition and stored for many years. Intentional clear coating at the time of creation has kept the copper from darkening to retain the clean reflective surface for use in lighting. Drilled holes use standard spacing and can be mounted on standard fixtures.
Both Ellamarie and Jackson Woolley were pioneers in the field of enameling along with such greats a June Schwarcz, Karl Drerup, Arthur Ames and Kenneth Bates.