Multi-color glass for Burnsville telescope
The Burnsville community selected nationally known artist Jack Mackie to envision a gateway plan for Highway 19E, which NCDOT is expanding into a four-lane scenic byway. Jack’s Hwy 19E Art Plan beautifully integrates artwork into Burnsville’s new entranceway.
Thirty-foot glass markers (shown below left) derive their shape from the telescope used by the town’s namesake, Admiral Otway Burns, and reference the dark night sky and future 34-foot public telescope being built nearby. Stone seating, slate quilts, and ironwork along the corridor will celebrate the area’s natural history and craft traditions. Several renowned glass artists that live in the area have worked with Mackie to develop a prototype and fabricate the glass components of the telescope markers.
Watch a short video of the making of the glass below. The first marker will be completed in October.
Glass for Burnsville SmART project
Artist Jack Mackie
Burnsville Highway 19E public art elements