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April 23, 2013 - Atlanta, Ga: After traveling on the automated people movers, paassengers travel up the long escalator where the well-known mural welcomes visitors to Atlanta at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Tuesday morning in Atlanta, Ga., April 23, 2013. Nearly a year after the Atlanta airport opened its new international terminal, it is already planning for the next expansion. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport's master plan study shows the airport will soon need more parking, and will also need more people-mover train capacity inside the terminal, more security screening line space, more gates and more airfield capacity - such as another runway -- in the next 20 years JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM

The well-known Atlanta airport mural of kids at Centennial Olympic Park is making a temporary reappearance, before it is replaced by a digital screen.

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An image of the Olympic airport mural from the AJC’s archives. JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM

Since last spring, the mural had been covered up by a Porsche ad, as first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Different Porsche ads have since appeared in the space, which appears at the top of the main escalator from the people-mover tunnel to the domestic terminal.

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The Porsche ad showing over the holidays at Hartsfield-Jackson.

Travelers in recent days may have noticed the mural at the world’s busiest airport is again on display. But don’t get your hopes up — Hartsfield-Jackson spokesman Reese McCranie says it’s only temporary.

The mural will be replaced by a digital screen, now scheduled to be put in place in late February or early March, according to McCranie. In the interim, it’s possible another ad could go up on top of the mural.


A rendering of the planned digital screen. Source: Hartsfield-Jackson

The airport has the original digital file of the mural, but hasn’t yet determined what will happen with the mural once the screen goes up, according to McCranie.

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