Kentucky Mirror Mosaic set for restoration

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) One of Owensboro’s most recognizable works of art will soon get a new look.

The Kentucky Mirror Mosaic, located next to the Blue Bridge, will be rebuilt after nearly 40 years.

It’s one of the first things welcoming drivers on the Blue Bridge to Owensboro.

“People stop in here all the time and take pictures. There have been people that have had weddings in front of this mirror,” says Jordan Tong, CEO of Frantz Building Services, whose company occupies the building the mosaic’s on.

“It was, kind of, spectacular,” adds Gary Bielefeld, who created the mosaic. “Got different planes on the mirrors. It’s throwing the lights in all directions.” After nearly 40 years, time and weather took its toll on the mosaic.

“With the age and freeze and thaw, and it gets a lot of heat in the summer, they started to pop off. If you start to get close to it, it starts to get ratty looking,” says Bielefeld. He is working with other groups and volunteers to restore this piece of art, built in the early 1980s. He wants to replace and restore the pieces of mirror that have fallen off, and add other, yet to be revealed, new features.

“It’s going to be a surprise,” says Bielefeld.

Several groups and companies, including the Old Owensboro Neighborhood Alliance and Frantz will help covering costs of remodeling, and with volunteers.

“It’s just exciting to be a part of making downtown a better place. It’s exciting to work down here and exciting to see it improve,” says Tong.

Restoration work could start as soon as later this month and could take as long as four months, nearly the same time it took to create the mosaic when it was first built. Bielefeld thinks the new look will make for a more welcoming look to everyone.

“It’s going to look like Kentucky,” Bielefeld says.

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(This story was originally published on September 19, 2019)

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