LaFayette High School students create public art display for Barwick-LaFayette Airport

photo LaFayette High School students Jayro Benitez, left, and C.J. Pledger, scrape grout from between the tiles of a mosaic Friday afternoon in the art room. Both students helped with the construction of the mosaic, which is going to be placed in the terminal of Barwick-LaFayette Airport.

LaFAYETTE, Ga. -- LaFayette High School art teacher Liz Hornik remembers how people reacted when she first got students to create public art for display around town.

"LaFayette's getting all artsy."

Resident comments like that prompted her to think, "Yes! That's exactly what I want."

Hornik's students just finished their latest work in the attempt to artsy-fy LaFayette: An opaque, stained-glass mosaic modeled after a traditional "propeller" pattern quilt. The work will hang in the lobby of the new Barwick-LaFayette Airport terminal once it's rebuilt.