Within minutes of its formal unveiling, residents were lining up to have their photos taken at Leesburg’s newest art landmark.
The town’s LOVEworks sculpture was unveiled Saturday morning by Mayor Kelly Burk and sculptor Mike Clay on Harrison Street along the W&OD Trail.
It’s part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s state-wide arts campaign and was funded in part by a $1,500 grant from the organization.
Like all sculptures in the campaign, it spells out the word “LOVE.” Clay’s work is unique in its use of bicycle parts and steel channel to make the 7-foot-tall work. Clay got help in finding the hundreds of gears and other pieces he needed in the form of donations from Plum Grove (Re)Cyclery, Velo Classique, and Lincoln Smithy.
In her remarks, Burk highlighted the collaboration that brought the project to fruition through years of planning.
“I think it’s the best one in the state of Virginia,” Burk said.
“This is really meaningful,” she said of the volunteer led effort. “They’ve taken an idea and they made it theirs and they made it real and they made it happen. I can’t thank them enough.”
“The thing you’ve done has made Leesburg a better place to be,” Burk said to members of the town’s Commission on Public Art and the Friends of Leesburg Public Arts organization gathered for the ceremony.
FOLPA is continuing to fundraise for the installation of the lighting for the sculpture and other public art projects. To make a donation or for more information, go to leesburgpublicarts.org.