City of Atlanta

Holiday display window in Times Square studio

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Live Unveiling

The display was unveiled live from Good Morning America’s studio by cast members Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts, alongside Atlanta’s mayor Shirley Franklin. The event was simulcast with a public celebration in Atlanta, which included music and singing by the students of Atlanta’s Ron Clark Academy at Atlanta’s famous Pink Pig ride.

Focus on Atlanta

Many of Atlanta’s landmarks, such as the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, the Fox Theater, and more, were produced on acrylic boards in multiple layers, creating dimension. Holiday scenes were digitally edited into the windows, which were printed on transparent film and backlit to create a warm, glowing effect. Since all Atlantans know there’s no such thing as snow, we used grits to create the snow around the base of the installation.


To celebrate the occasion, Macy’s, one of the project’s sponsors, released a limited edition snow globe to be sold at their stores as a miniature replica of the full-scale model. Mayor Shirley Franklin could be seen holding one of these snow globes at the unveiling ceremony on Good Morning America, and presented it as a gift to the Good Morning America cast.

Gareth Botha's work has been featured on Good Morning America, unveiled by Diane Sayer, Robin Roberts, and Mayor Shirley Franklin
A model of Atlanta, featured on Good Morning America
A model of Atlanta, featured on Good Morning America