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Atlanta Cyclorama painting to move across town

By: The Associated Press
July 23, 2014 Updated: July 23, 2014 at 4:46 pm
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ATLANTA (AP) — The huge Atlanta Cyclorama painting is moving across town to a new home in the city's Buckhead area.

Mayor Kasim Reed announced the move Wednesday as the city commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta during the American Civil War, which is the subject of the giant oil painting. The mayor said the painting will be housed in a new 23,000-square-foot addition to be constructed at the Atlanta History Center.

For more than a century the painting has been on display in Grant Park near the Atlanta Zoo.

The cylindrical panorama painting dates to 1885. The canvas hangs in a huge circle that surrounds the viewers. A description from the Atlanta Cyclorama says it weighs more than 10,000 pounds and has a circumference of 358 feet.

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