I was surprised, when they were finished, what a strong Art Deco vibe they had, which delighted me because I adore Art Deco!! I think it was the repeating fan shapes and angular lines, with both the shell beads and the caps--there are fan shapes, sunbursts, and similar motifs everywhere in Art Deco! And of course an emphasis on angular patterns:
|From Wikipedia, 1930 Milwaukee Gas Light Building, Photo by Seth Anderson|
|From Wikipedia, Chrysler Building, New York City, Photo by Postdlf|
|From Wikipedia, Sunburst, Eastern Columbia Building entrance, photo by Binksternet|
|From Wikipedia, Griffith Observatory detail, Los Angeles, Photo by Nathan Day|
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