The Velaslavasay Panorama in Los Angeles, California, is a historic exhibition hall, theatre and garden dedicated to the production and presentation of unusual visual experiences.
Not that many years ago, a photo copy of the 1853 script for The Grand Moving Mirror of California, landed on the doorstep of the Velaslavasay Panorama, to the attention
of museum director Sara Velas. The script had been recently rediscovered in storage at the Saco Museum in Saco, Maine and was sent by moving "panoramaniac" Peter Morelli. The painted scroll no longer
existed, just the script. What better place than the Velaslavasay Panorama and what more talented person than Sara to take up the challenge of bringing this performance back to life? It was a perfect match.
Sara, along with a diverse team of very talented people, set out to recreate the moving panorama, The Grand Moving Mirror of California. They didn't stop at merely creating the painting with the cranking apparatus,
narration and music (a Herculian task by itself). They went on to create other accompanying pieces in the spirit of 19th century moving panorama performances: flyers, miniature panorama souviners, a display of Gold Rush artifacts and a logo reminiscent
of 19th century engravings.
For more information visit the museum's website. www.panoramaonview.org