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Sep 24, 2012 9:10 AM

Blue Grass Airport Mural Getting Face Lift

(AP) - A 6,000-square-foot mural on a retaining wall outside the Blue Grass Airport in Lexington is getting a makeover.

The mural includes a horse farm, stone bridge and Federal-style house. It has been in place since 2005, but in recent weeks about 40 percent of the artwork has been sandblasted off.

Airport spokeswoman Amy Caudill told the Lexington Herald-Leader (bit.ly/Pe6g0o) that The overhaul is needed because of flaking and other wear.

Caudill said it's believed "there were some challenges between the primer and the paint not bonding properly."

Airport Director of Engineering Mark Day added the airport has "never had an issue with the primer coming off the concrete."

"It's always been the top coats of the paint," he said. "That's why we sandblasted. We couldn't get the primer off."

Franklin, Ohio, artist Eric Henn created the mural and is making the repairs. The airport has a 20-year contract with him for touch-ups.

Henn will begin repainting in the next few weeks.

"The process depends a lot on the weather, but we are hopefully aiming for it to be done by the end of the year," Caudill said.

And if you think you see a specific landmark on the mural, think again.

"We made specific efforts when it was first done to not represent any specific farm," he said.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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