Got a Favorite? Leesburg Sculpture Voting Underway

Visitors to Raflo Park sculpture garden are encouraged to cast a vote for their favorite piece during a promotion by the town’s Commission on Public Art.

The trail winding through Raflo Park along Harrison Street is home to five modern steel sculptures. The project, ArtsPARKs, was created by the Commission on Public Art in collaboration with The Friends of Leesburg Public Arts. The current collection of sculptures will remain on display for one more year and will be available for sale to art patrons before a new round of sculptures is installed in 2018.

Residents are invited to tour the exhibit and vote for their favorites in the People’s Choice Award. The winner will be announced at the Leesburg Flower & Garden Show on April 22.

Coming into the park from the W&OD Trail, the first sculpture is “Sproutman” by Brian D. Kirk, which portrays the appearance of a growing plant ripe with fruit. The next piece, Kirk’s “Unity,” unites sweeping circular shapes drawing the viewer’s eye upward. Peter Wood’s sculpture, “The Artist,” is just across the walkway. This work makes use of the light and natural setting through patterns cut into the form. “Trail Blazer,” also by Wood, invokes the essence of motion inspiring viewers to continue their journey. Finally, at the south end of the park is “Birdhouse #6,” by Michael M. Clay. This work explores the dichotomy between nature and architecture. The five steel sculptures were chosen by a jury of art professionals in 2015.

All the sculptures are available for purchase. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the sales will be invested in the ArtsPARKs program, paving the way for new artists to exhibit their work in subsequent years.

To vote for the People’s Choice Best Sculpture Award, or for more information about purchasing one of the sculptures, got to artsPARKsLeesburg.info. The deadline for voting is April 20.

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