Documentary captures the restoration of the
Cultural Center’s $35 million Tiffany Dome

The scrupulous restoration of the Cultural Center’s 101-year old Tiffany Dome to its pristine condition has been captured by Malachi Leopold’s Left Brain/Right Brain in a documentary scheduled for mid-August completion.

The Dome’s 38-feet in diameter, contains more than 30,000 pieces of glass in 241 sections, and is estimated at $35 million, although many have described the dome as “priceless.”

Restoration specialists painstakingly handled, cleaned and washed every one of the Dome’s 30,000 pieces. Broken pieces were repaired or replaced by the original Tiffany company, said Leopold.

Wight & Co., the Chicago, the design and restoration firm overseeing the restoration, hired Left Brain/Right Brain in February, few months after the work started in late 2007.

Working with a $30,000 budget, Leopold led a production team of 12 industry professionals that included Kurt Brandstetter of 222 Films of Chicago, a New York editor and a former Chicago composer presently based in Los Angeles.

Brandstetter utilized an HD workflow consisting of RED Digital Cinema’s Red One 4K camera, and Sony’s new XDCAM-EX.