Atlanta Cyclorama, "Battle of Atlanta" 1886, Atlanta History Center, Atlanta GA
Art and Conservation, LLC
Dana Saxerud © 2019
THE ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER
"Battle of Atlanta", 1886
As one of the largest murals in the country and one of the few surviving cycloramas, this circular mural was recently restored to its original dimensions of 49 feet high and a circumference of 124 yards. Earlier in its history, the Cyclorama was slightly smaller after damaged sections were removed and lost to history. Restoration of the Cylcorama to it's original size required a canvas expansion insert of 49' H x 4.5' W. Recreation of the missing image was painted over nine days using reversible materials and archival photos of the original mural.
The Cyclorama restoration was done in association with Weilhammer & Schoeller Art Conservation of Munich Germany.
CONSERVATION AND INPAINTING OF HISTORIC MURALS
Dana Saxerud has cleaned and restored murals throughout the United States by artists such as Edwin Blashfield, Carl Wimar and Constantino Burmidi. Her conservation projects include:
Independence Hall, Philadelphia PA
U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC
Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC
Old Courthouse, St. Louis, MO
Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Washington DC
Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul MN
Atlanta History Center, Atlanta GA
Carnegie Institute for Science, Washington DC
Department of the Interior, Washington DC
St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Baltimore MD
Federal Courthouse, Indianapolis IN
The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, St. Joseph MI
Embassy of Oman, Washington DC
Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA
Ms. Saxerud works with the following art conservation companies:
The Conservation Center, Chicago, IL
Hartmann Fine Art Conservation Services, Inc., Carlisle, PA
Weilhammer & Schoeller Art Conservation LP, Munich, Germany
Judith Watkins Tartt, Warrenton, VA
Page Conservation, Inc., Washington, DC
The 131 year old ceiling mural was recovered underneath 33 layers of paint. Extensive water and construction damages left only 60% of its image intact. Restoration of the mural required research of historical records, reference materials and archival photos.
The Secretary of War Suite restoration was done in association with Page Conservation, Inc. Washington, DC.