Some say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the new collage of photographs at Legislative Plaza is worth $3,157.
Where vending machines once stood along the wall of the hallway connecting Legislative Plaza with the War Memorial Building, the wall is now covered by a spread of photographs from across the state of Tennessee.
The total project cost is being paid for with excess funds from last year’s General Maintenance Fund, according to Connie Ridley, director of legislative administration.
The collage, which was commissioned by House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, after she was elected to her position last year, is part of an ongoing effort to beautify Legislative Plaza, according to her office.
“Every part of our beautiful state is represented somewhere on these pictures,” Harwell said at the dedication. “There will be a key coming in the weeks ahead that will let everybody identify each one of these pictures and where they are. In the meantime, you’re going to have fun trying to pick out a few pictures from your districts and your areas.”
The photos, all of which come from the archives of the state photographer, were decided on by a task force of House staffers. In a ceremony held on Jan. 30, Harwell and the House leadership presented the task force with a plaque for the work done on the display, with special thanks to the state photographer and the Tennessee State Museum.