These pictures are from the Lexington Blue Grass Airport where a mosaic tile floor displays the Prominent Sire Lines in America. It is an amazing mosaic showing the family tree of sires and what makes Lexington the Horse Capital of the World.
The following in an except taken from an April 2, 2010 article on the Blue Grass Airport's website.
"As an important arts and heritage component of the recently remodeled Blue Grass Airport terminal building, a floor tile mosaic in the main entry of the terminal was created to reflect the historical linage of the world’s top Thoroughbred horses. The artwork mosaic has a life of 25 to 30 years and will welcome an estimated 25 million travelers and visitors who will use Blue Grass Airport during the artwork’s life span.
For two centuries, the equine industry in central Kentucky has been a major component of the region’s economic development. The Thoroughbred race horse named Lexington (1850-1879) became the most successful sire during the last half of the nineteenth century. The bay colt was one of the reasons the city of Lexington is called “The Horse Capital of the World.” Kentucky’s equine industry has grown over the last two century’s to become a highly significant component of the state’s economy.
The sire lines in the mosaic trace Central Kentucky’s breeding history back to the mid 1800s and includes horses such as Lexington, Nasrullah, Unbridled, Seattle Slew, Mr. Prospector and Northern Dancer. More than 800 horses are included in the concentric circular art mosaic at Blue Grass Airport. The linage data were researched and designed by Prominent Sire Lines, LLC and the tile mosaic was crafted by Martina Brothers Co."
I didn't realize the airport had this mosaic built. We generally fly into and out of Huntington,WV, so this was a treat to see a rich part of Kentucky's history, prominently displayed for millions of travelers each year.
Happy Friday Y'all!