In July 2014, Mayor Kasim Reed announced the relocation and restoration of the historic Atlanta Cyclorama to the Atlanta History Center. The Atlanta History Center confirmed $32.2 million raised through private donors and philanthropies – including an endowment to ensure that Cyclorama artifacts are properly maintained at no cost to the taxpayers. The existing 1921 Cyclorama building in Grant Park will be developed by Zoo Atlanta into a premier community event space and become a featured part of the new African Savanna exhibit.
On June 30, 2015, the Cyclorama will close its doors to begin preparations for the move. The restoration of The Battle of Atlanta painting will return the artifact to its full size and overall height. In Fall 2015, the Atlanta History Center will begin construction on the 23,000 square foot Lloyd and Mary Ann Whitaker Cyclorama wing, which will allow the Cyclorama team to reincorporate 3,268 square feet of the painting that have been missing for generations, as well as the diorama and plaster figures from the 1930s. The Cyclorama is projected to open to the public at Atlanta History Center in early 2017.
Today, Atlanta History Center’s Cyclorama team continues working with an international team of painting conservators, rigging experts, and structural engineers to plan and implement the transfer of the painting, the diorama, The Texas, and the Cyclorama’s other artifacts to the Atlanta History Center.
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