Telescope Gateways into Burnsville
Public Artist Jack Mackie designed the town’s new gateways. Jack was hired by Burnsville in 2014 to create and build new public art installations. “There’s a long history of arts and crafts here,” Mackie says. “I wanted to come to work with this community.”
The handmade glass objects will be placed into metal wire-mesh baskets, which will then be wrapped around tall steel cylinders to give the sculptures their distinct telescope look. The colors reflect sunrise for the East entrance, and sunset for the West.
Bare Dark Sky Observatory
Mayland Community College recently launched its new Bare Dark Sky Observatory on Highway 80 North in Yancey County. The large StarStructure Newtonian telescope has a 34-inch mirror, making it one of the largest telescopes in the Southeastern United States.
Over the last 25 years, many craftspeople from Burnsville and the Toe River region have earned national and international acclaim for their work. Today, professional creativity represents a main economic engine in Yancey County. There are hundreds of artists, crafters, and creators working in small studios making and selling new work.
Artist renderings of new gateways by Jack Mackie