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By Leslie Logemann
For The Transylvania Times 

New Career As Sculptor Starting To Take Off – Brevard NC

 

Mark Connelly stands beside the work entitled "An Scealai" that was recently installed in Chattanooga, Tenn. Description: Like the megalithic monuments erected by peoples long since gone, AnScéalaí (an SKAY-lee), Irish for "the Storyteller," tells her own story. Tall, imposing, with midnight hues and ancient Celtic motifs, she pays homage to the past, evokes an air of mystery, and speaks of a language lost. (Courtesy photos)

Brevard-based sculptor Mark Connelley watched as a dream nearly five years in the making came to life.

Standing at the side of a busy street, hands on his hips and eyes skyward, he watched a crane lift one of his sculptures into its new, permanent home in downtown Chattanooga, Tenn.

Connelley hasn't always been a sculptor.

He started his professional life as a landscape architect, designing master plans for hotels and resorts around the world. In the midst of a failing economy in 2009, he found himself on the receiving end of a layoff and decided that he had a choice to make.

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