It’s time to do it again

The February 9, 2017 issue of The New York Times contains an interesting article about the plans to move and restore Atlanta’s cyclorama, “The Battle of Atlanta” ( “On a Mission to Save Atlanta’s Civil War Cyclorama”, by Alan Blinder). The article notes that in the late 1970s/early 1980s, the cyclorama underwent a major restoration which bought it “more time before the painting’s quality and appeal began to wane again”. I’m old enough to have been around in the field in 1979- 1981 when Gustav Berger worked on the painting. What a big (and expensive — $11 million) deal that project was! Now, thirty-five years later, it’s time to do it again.