Check out this awesome time-lapsed video showing the recreation of a historic mural by James Wall Finn, who was “one of the finest interior decorative painters in North America” and did work for Tiffany Studios as well as notable names like John Jacob Astor IV, Payne Whitney, J.P. Morgan, and Thomas Fortune Ryan.
Via Mental Floss:
…a mural of the sky—hung on the ceiling of the building’s Bill Blass Catalog Room for 105 years. But, according to the NYPL, last June a conservator inspected the 27-by-33-foot painting and discovered it had “sustained irreparable damage, loss of original paint, discoloration, patch jobs and unsophisticated overpaint” over the century. Since both the library’s Bill Blass Catalog Room and Rose Main Reading Room were already undergoing repairs, the library decided to restore Finn’s sky mural to its former glory.
EverGreene Architectural Arts, a specialty contractor and design studio, and muralist Zinni Veshi are leading the $45,000 effort to recreate the painting. (EverGreene also recreated Finn’s murals in the Library’s Rose Main Reading Room during its full renovation in 1998.)
(h/t Mental Floss)