Earth Moving: Globe Sculpture Finds New Home in Leesburg

The residents and managers of Lansdowne Woods have been working hard to build that brand and erase the Leisure World name that was used to identify the complex for nearly three decades.

The name change came to Loudoun’s largest active-adult community last year. That rebranding effort continued today when the large iconic globe sculpture prominently displayed on the grounds since the project’s inception was loaded on a truck and hauled away.

What do you do with a 15-foot globe? Developer Hobie Mitchel knows.

The former Leisure World globe sculpture is lowered into place at its new home in Crescent Place.
The former Leisure World globe sculpture is lowered into place at its new home in Crescent Place.

The sculpture didn’t move far. After a short but somewhat nerve-wracking trip into town a crew from Broad Run Contracting—in the role of earth movers for the day—installed the globe in position to be a new community focal point at the Crescent Place development along Harrison Street.

Mitchel placed the sculpture in a garden at the end of Crescent Station Terrace, where it will be surrounded by benches and plantings. The pocket park borders the W&OD Trail and will be a public space. Mitchel said he wants the globe to be an additional community asset, building on the ArtsPARK sculpture garden at Raflo Park. The steel and fiberglass structure refurbished in the coming days.

Meanwhile at Lansdowne Woods, the community is eager to better promote the community’s new name. “We’re very excited about the stunning new stone entry feature that will bear our Lansdowne Woods name, and we are glad we can still visit the globe, in nearby Leesburg,” said Bert Schlabach, president of the Lansdowne Woods board.

One thought on “Earth Moving: Globe Sculpture Finds New Home in Leesburg

  • 2016-10-06 at 6:00 pm
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    Hobie – sustainability at it’s finest and hopefully appreciated by all the governing boards in Leesburg, but unlikely to get you anywhere with Kelly Burk and Crescent Parke, unfortunately.

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