A special event is coming up on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 12 noon in Dillsboro. The stunning three dimensional "Tree of Life" bronze plaque which was cast and finished by the Jackson County Green Energy Park and Western Carolina University art students, will be attached to the Dillsboro historical mural, "On Hallowed Ground." Hanging from the bronze casting will be an engraved metal donor's plaque honoring those who donated to the mural.
The historical mural, painted by Doreyl Ammons Cain, was unveiled on Oct. 6, in Dillsboro during ColorFest. The GEP created the "Tree of Life" plaque as a donation to the mural project.
Members of the bronze pour team were: Timm Muth, GEP director; Chelsea Miller, WCU Art Education; Colton Williford, WCU Construction Management; and Kevin McNiff, WCU Ceramics Graduate Program.
Bronze for the plaque was recovered from melted valve bodies, old bronze artwork, and scraps from previous pours.
The Jackson County Green Energy Park (GEP) is an award-winning project that uses landfill gas (bio-methane), waste wood, and waste vegetable oil as fuel for a series of art studios. GEP facilities currently include the only set of blacksmith forges and metal foundry in the world fueled with landfill gas, an innovative public-access ceramics kiln fired with wood and waste vegetable oil, and one of only three glass shops fired with landfill gas. The GEP hosts public tours and demonstrations, hands-on classes, and a renown Youth Arts Festival each September. The GEP seeks to create art and community using renewable energy resources.
Visit the website at http://www.jcgep.org/ for information.