Appalachian Mural Trail



Green Energy Park
Dillsboro, NC
BlackSmith Mural

Blue Ridge MilePost: 443
Latitude:35.371319, Longitude:-83.261963

Lead Muralist: Doreyl Ammons Cain
Designer: Ross Byrd
Member/Sponsor: Jackson County - Green Energy Park

Mural Description

The blacksmith mural designer is by Ross Byrd, a recent BFA graduate student. The blacksmith mural painting session was lead by Doreyl Ammons Cain, mural artist. Members of the community and children were assisted in painting the mural. The Metals Shop features the first blacksmith forges and art foundry ever fired on landfill gas.

The Jackson County Green Energy Park (JCGEP) utilizes clean, renewable energy resources to encourage economic development, provide environmental protection, and offer educational opportunities that together will help lead towards a more sustainable future for Western North Carolina. Located in Dillsboro, NC, JCGEP captures methane gas from the old town landfill, then uses the gas as fuel for a series of artisan studios.

Public tours are offered on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 10 am - 3 pm; and at other times by appointment. Tours include a glassblowing demonstration, a walking lecture on the GEP's renewable energy use and history, a visit to their ceramics kiln, and a blacksmithing demonstration when available.




Glass Blowing Mural Mention

Latitude:35.371319, Longitude:-83.261963

Artist: Tracy Kirchmann
Member/Sponsor: Jackson County - Green Energy Park

Mural Mention Description

The designer for the glass blowing mural was Tracy Kirchmann, a graduate student from WCU. The Glass Studio is one of the only hot shops in the world utilizing landfill methane gas as a fuel.

Public tours are offered on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 10 am - 3 pm; and at other times by appointment. Tours include a glassblowing demonstration, a walking lecture on the GEP's renewable energy use and history, a visit to their ceramics kiln, and a blacksmithing demonstration when available.






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