A Walk through Atlanta History
In conjunction with artist Gary Moss, historians at the Atlanta History Center, and exhibit designers Gary Lee Super & Associates, the Department of Aviation proudly presents a unique multi-media installation that provides a glimpse into the rich history of the City of Atlanta. Approaching from Concourse B your journey starts with a section devoted to the Native Peoples who lived here for thousands of years, progresses through six key time periods, and ends with Atlanta’s entry onto the global stage. Filmmaker Gary Moss, the visionary behind this walking history museum and the writer/director of its poetic videos, has designed an experience that can be enjoyed by the passenger on the move or provide layers of information for those with more time. You will notice that each video is distinctive in style but all share the single purpose of creating a memorable impression of the time period. In addition to the videos, each section has two large wall murals as well as reader rails with informative text about the mural images. Anchoring the panoramic murals are people, famous and not so famous, that helped to shape and describe each era. When enjoyed collectively, we hope to provide you with an informative look at Atlanta’s history and to have enriched your travel experience here at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
The Atlanta History Center is a unique campus that houses the Atlanta History Museum, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, Swan House, Tullie Smith Farm, six historic gardens, and the Kenan Research Center. The Atlanta History Center also includes the Margaret Mitchell House, located off-site at our Midtown campus. For more information visit www.atlantahistorycenter.com
“My films explore stories and topics in the history and culture of the Southeastern United States. Although I graduated from high school here, attended two Georgia universities, and spent most of my career as a filmmaker and teacher at Georgia State University in downtown Atlanta, I never thought to look at my city’s history as a subject. Throughout the past four years that I have been immersed in this project I found the story of Atlanta’s history to be powerful, poignant, maddening and ultimately inspiring. This project, a labor of love, involved the creative efforts of many talented people and I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the contributions of a select group of individuals. My personal thanks are extended to my Atlanta cast and crew, especially my co-producer and daughter Tyler Moss, animation director Jorge Castro, composers Eddie Horst and Kendall Simpson, and Georgia State University’s Digital Arts and Entertainment Laboratory. I hope that you enjoy this installation as I have been honored to have been involved in a project that has the ability to impact such a large and diverse audience. For more information about my work please visit www.ayuninimedia.com.” – Gary Moss