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Bruce: a cyclorama *too new* to be on your posted list of
"Known Surviving Panoramas!" (Working Note 09.3). This
is from a brochure I picked up on a recent visit to my
ancestral state of Ohio. Best, Candi Strecker
"Behold *Behalt* in Berlin"
"*Behalt* == German for 'remembering' == is one of only
three 'cycloramas' in the country, and it is located near
Berlin (((Ohio, USA))), at the Mennonite Information
"It shows the history of the Anabaptist movement,
which includes the Mennonites, Amish and Hutterites.
Beginning with Christ, the paintings go through the early
history of the church, through the Middle Ages and the
rise of the Protestant movement, then the history of the
"The circular mural is 10 feet high and 256 feet
long, and it took artist Heinz Gaugel four years to paint
it. The room is dimly lit, with lights only on the
paintings. This adds to the drama, and some people like
to sit on the chairs provided and absorb the story at
length. Others walk around slowly and stop periodically
to study a section. You could visit *Behalt* many times
and there would still be more to see.
"Gaugel is a self-taught artist. He was born near
Stuttgart, Germany, in the Swabish Alps. He began
sketching at 6 and did his first oil painting at 12.
After World War II, Gaugel started a career as an
accountant in Germany, but was transferred to the art
department of a factory where he designed metalware.
"Gaugel emigrated to Canada in 1951 and became known
for his huge mosaics and large paintings outside churches
and commercial buildings.
"He came to Ohio in 1971 to create a statue in
Cambridge. That didn't work out, but he connected with
area Mennonite and Amish communities and stayed for 10
years. During that period, some Mennonite businessmen
contacted him about developing their history through art.
"Gaugel moved back and forth between his Canadian
studio and Holmes County, where the cyclorama was
completed in 1992.
"To get to the Mennonite Information Center near
Berlin, take U.S. 62 and Ohio 39 to Holmes County Road 77,
and go north on 77. Signs are posted. Hours are 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Admission to the
cyclorama is $5.50. There is no charge to visit just the
center. For more information, call 330-893-3192."
(((bruces remarks: Among candidates who might revive the
panorama/cyclorama form in the 1990s, one could scarcely
pick a better group than the Amish and Mennonites. The
cyclorama is a spectacular, immersive virtuality without