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Huntsville’s First Baptist Church gives away pieces of famous mosaic to build new one

First Baptist Church gave away pieces of its mosaic to make room for a new one. (Source: WAFF) First Baptist Church gave away pieces of its mosaic to make room for a new one. (Source: WAFF)
First Baptist Church gave away pieces of its mosaic to make room for a new one. (Source: WAFF) First Baptist Church gave away pieces of its mosaic to make room for a new one. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Hundreds of people got their own pieces of one of Huntsville's most iconic buildings on Tuesday.

First Baptist Church on Governor's Drive gave away tiles from its mosaic of Jesus. The famous artwork is coming down to make room for a new one.

"There was something of an outcry. People thought it was going away, so it was really fun to say 'Hey, it's not going away. It's just getting a facelift," said church pastor Travis Collins. "It's the same design, just more, just prettier. It should be more durable as well as more brilliant."

First Baptist Church is well-known for the huge mosaic. The artwork was dedicated back in 1974 and used more than 1 million pieces of stained glass.

The new mosaic will include more than 4 million blown glass tiles and will take about five years to complete.

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