The Cyclorama painting of The Battle of Atlanta will move to its new location this week after about two years of preparations.
The painting has been housed in Grant Park next to Zoo Atlanta since 1921. Its new home will be at the Atlanta History Center on West Paces Ferry Road. Moving the giant painting will be a work of engineering in itself.
The 23,000 square foot work of art and history had to be removed from its display and rolled into two giant rolls. Those rolls will be transported by truck to the new center, where the process will be reversed. The rolls are on 45-foot steel rolls that weight 6,200 pounds each. Each spool will be lifted by crane through a 7-foot hole cut in the concrete roof of the building at Grant Park. Over the next few months, the painting will be unrolled in its new location. The display will be complete with the addition of the restored Texas locomotive, from the Great Train Chase, The entire project is expected to open to the public in late 2018.
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