You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks


Welcome to

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on

Airport unveils giant screen in place of Olympic mural

After eight months and $2.4 million of expense, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Wednesday unveiled the new giant digital screen that’s replaced a well-known Olympic mural.

For nearly 15 years, the collage of children at Centennial Olympic Park greeted travelers at the top of the escalators coming up from the Plane Train tunnel. But it hasn’t completely disappared: The center of the mural, featuring a young girl with raised arms, makes a special appearance in digital form on the new screen.

The “Spirit of Atlanta” mural by photographer and artist Deborah Whitehouse is one of the rotating images on the digital screen, along with “welcome images” and directional signs.

Plans had been to include advertising on the 27.5-by-7.5 foot screen, but for now the $500,000 screen will just show images and directional signs, according to Hartsfield-Jackson spokesman Reese McCranie.

The installation of the screen and renovation of the escalator hall is the first project of note completed as part of the airport’s long-range $6 billion renovation and expansion.

The Olympic mural spurred strong feelings. Some said its time had passed, while other Atlantans said the sight of the familiar faces while riding up the escalator reminded them they were home.

The mural was covered by advertising periodically in 2015 and 2016, before being peeled off the wall in June 2016 to prepare for installation of the screen.

The project was more complex than first expected.

The screen and its installation cost $500,000. But nearly $900,000 was added to the construction expense for a new scaffolding system that hangs from the ceiling.

Planners discovered they could not use a floor mounted scaffolding system and had to switch to one suspended from the steel frame above the ceiling. That conflicted with the ceiling sprinkler system, so sprinklers had to be moved. And ceiling beams had to be reinforced with cross bracing to support the scaffold.

The work also included drywall, LED lights, new ceiling and steel to support the video wall.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Business

Don’t let anxiety keep you from giving installation a try

I get a lot of email from readers asking for a recommendation or some advice on a tech purchase. I also hear from plenty of readers who wish they had some in-home help on tech projects like setting up a new Wi-Fi router or installing an over-the-air TV antenna. I always try to write like I’m explaining things to my mom, but there are people who...
10 office accessories to upgrade your cubicle or coworking space
10 office accessories to upgrade your cubicle or coworking space

Whether you work out of a cubicle, coworking space or a tiny room at home, gadgets can help optimize your corner of the world. Keep your coffee set to the ideal temperature, add a virtual window to give you an outside view, or invest in space-saving printers and other tools — these are the office gadgets you never knew you always needed. &mdash...
Comcast, Facebook and Apple Music are making mobile video moves
Comcast, Facebook and Apple Music are making mobile video moves

With Xfinity Stream, Comcast has some new ammunition in the ever-escalating war for mobile viewers’ eyeballs. A recent announcement of this improved mobile-video app for subscribers comes during the same week that major mobile-phone providers have proffered new or improved subscription offerings with an all-you-can-stream option, appealing to...
Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto for tackling inappropriate content
Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto for tackling inappropriate content

Facebook landed in hot water last year for taking down an iconic Vietnam War photo showing a naked girl running from a napalm attack and deactivating the social media accounts of Korryn Gaines, who was fatally shot by police officers during a standoff near Baltimore. But making calls about what content to take down or leave up aren’t always black-and-white...
Room for cream? Automated café sets up in tech-crazy San Francisco
Room for cream? Automated café sets up in tech-crazy San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — As Katy Franco waited for her morning coffee, passersby pulled out their phones and snapped photos and video of her barista. A man in his 20s did a double take, recorded the scene on his iPhone and posted it to Instagram. Another woman drifted toward the barista and asked no one in particular: “What’s going on here?&rdquo...
More Stories