An effort by a local artist is underway to erect a sculpture to honor the late Stanley Caulkins in front of his longtime place of business on King Street. The Leesburg Town Council was briefed on the plans during its Monday night work session.
Tom O’Neil, chairman of the town’s Commission on Public Art, said the unsolicited proposal was presented to the panel and endorsed by the commission. Artist Diane Caney initially proposed placing the sculpture in Mervin Jackson Park, but COPA, in consultation with the Parks and Recreation Department, recommended the location in front of the former Caulkins Jewelers space on King Street as being more appropriate. The space was the longtime home of the jewelry store and is now the site of Black Hoof Brewing and the Be Beauty makeup studio.
The sculpture would depict Caulkins sitting on a bench just outside the Be Beauty window adjacent to the alleyway. Property owner Michael O’Connor has granted his consent to have the sculpture placed there, according to a staff memo.
O’Neil said there would also be a sign or some type of marker near the sculpture describing Caulkins’ legacy. The longtime downtown businessman and former Town Council member was involved in many community efforts in his 92 years, not the least of which was putting the wheels in motion for the opening of Leesburg Executive Airport, where the terminal building is named in his honor.
Caulkins died Jan. 12.
The sculpture is to be funded entirely by private sources, and hopes are to have it installed for what would have been Caulkins’ 93rd birthday on Oct. 6.
Council members are expected to formally approve the sculpture project at their April 10 meeting.