The roster of new sculptures planned for Raflo Park has some last-minute additions.
Last week, the Leesburg Town Council approved two new sculptures for the ArtsPARKs garden along Harrison Street. “Cryptos II” by Brian Kirk and “In the Brew” by Peter Wood will replace two sculptures by Carl Wright. According to Anne Geiger, staff liaison to the town’s Commission on Public Art, Wright recently decided not add his two pieces in the next round of sculpture installations. The same art advisory panel that chose the original five sculptures reconvened and selected Kirk’s and Wood’s sculptures from the remaining nine that were submitted for consideration. Kirk and Wood also each have an additional sculpture that will be displayed in the garden.
The vote to approve the two new sculptures passed on a 6-1 vote, with Councilman Josh Thiel dissenting.
The Raflo Park sculpture garden, ArtsPARKs, is a collaboration between COPA and the Friends of Leesburg Public Arts. The first two-year sculpture installation was unveiled in July 2016. All those sculptures are now available for sale, with Geiger noting to the council this week that one sculpture has sold, with another in the process of being sold. Proceeds from the sales will be used to support other public arts projects around town.
FOLPA is finding sponsors for all five sculptures that will be in the ground for the next two years.
“Cryptos” and “In the Brew” join three other sculptures in the sculpture garden for the next two years — “Pollinator” by Michael Clay, “Phoenix” by Wood and “Rural Landscape” by Kirk.