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What are your impressions of the restored Gettysburg Cyclorama?

I have been through the newly restored Gettysburg Cyclorama a few times now. Here are my initial impressions:
1) The recent improvements to the canvas are astounding – curving it the way it was supposed to be viewed, restoring the missing pieces, cleaning and refreshing it – all are excellent!
2) I like the 3D effect with the foreground objects and terrain “blending” in with the painting. Note the cannon in the photograph – there are dozens of similar 3D objects that have been placed in front of the canvas, similar to what has been done years ago with the Atlanta Cyclorama in Grant Park. That’s the way the Gettysburg painting was displayed in the 19th century and early in the 20th.
3) The canned presentation with the sound effects and music is OK, but I would prefer live narration with the speaker pointing out specific features of the painting. The soundtrack is somewhat redundant with the Morgan Freeman movie at times.
4) I like the new setting, and relish looking forward to the day that the Richard Neutra concrete eyesore is gone from Cemetery Ridge and Ziegler’s Grove is restored. It never should have been located on such historic ground to begin with.
5) There’s another copy of the Cyclorama down at Wake Forest, and two other copies were destroyed decades ago.
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