Art Sculptures in Downtown Leesburg
Have you driven past the big blue hand on Harrison Street near downtown Leesburg? If that caught your eye and made you wonder what was going on in Raflo Park, we’ve got the scoop. On Sunday, we spent a short time with Amy Bobchek of Loudoun Public Art Tours, as she guided us through the exhibit. We had no idea that this was the THIRD installation of sculptures by the Leesburg Commission on Public Art (COPA), as each one lasts for two years. This grouping is near the end of it’s time, as the next set of sculptures are slated to arrive in June.
COPA works in cooperation with the Friends of Leesburg Public Art (FOLPA) on this ‘sculpture on loan’ program. The exhibit follows a walkway in Raflo Park along Harrison Street, stretching next to Crescent Place development to the W&OD bike trail. The permanent concrete pads were provided by Lansdowne Development Group with financial support from Middleburg Bank, and the current exhibit was sponsored by Keane Enterprises, Larkin Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, and the Rotary Club of Leesburg.
And yes, the sculptures are for sale, with 20% of the proceeds coming back to the program to help fund future installations. You can find out more about each of the artists as well as how to purchase a piece here.
Current Pieces Installed at Raflo Park
Amy’s tour was incredibly informative, as she has interviewed each of the artists to understand more about their sculptures, but also about their lives and the philosophy behind their art. Many of the artists have had additional pieces displayed at Raflo Park and at other locations across the country. And this particular tour is only one of many that Amy and her team offer in Leesburg and other locations in Loudoun County.
The five sculptures currently installed include:
Welcome, the Iconic Hand, Artist: Brian Kirk
Sun Flower, Artist: Alyssa Imes
Kintsugi Heart, Artist: Kim Pourciau Kim
Unbroken Circle #4, Artist: Sally Myers
Low-Poly Open Heart (R.I.D.E.), Artist: m.l. duffy
Tour This Saturday for Ukrainian Relief
This coming Saturday, April 30th, Amy and Loudoun Public Art Tours will be conducting 30 minute tours of the sculpture walk to benefit charities that support relief efforts in Ukraine. You can make any donation to the charity of your choice and register for your tour free of charge here. Capacity for the tours is up to 12 people per group.
Personally, we thought it was wonderful to have someone walk us through and explain each of the pieces. Two of our daughters are artists/creatives, and I’m always amazed at the depths of intricate detail and specific choices of color, material, and form in art pieces. Hopefully our schools will be able to take advantage of these tours soon, as our local art community is incredibly rich!
One Response to “Sculpture Art in Raflo Park”
Thank you so much for this thoughtful post! Loudoun has a burgeoning public art scene…just another reason to live here!