The Atlanta Cyclorama
Long before silent movies, Technicolor and THX were invented, Americans flocked to cycloramas — paintings in the round — for entertainment. Most of these paintings depicted stories of human tragedy and triumph, love and loss, bravery and patriotism. The Atlanta Cyclorama (Grant Park, 800 Cherokee Ave., SE, Atlanta, 404-624-1071), which was created in 1886, is no exception. The 42-foot high, 358-foot-wide painting illustrates the Battle of Atlanta, which was one in a series of Civil War engagements fought Cyclorama throughout Georgia. It is one of three remaining cycloramas in the United States, and today, visitors view it from a rotating theater. The massive painting is enhanced by a three-dimensional diorama, as well as a narration of the battle and how the painting was created.