The public art movement in Leesburg is expanding to a popular haunt for teens and other board, bike and skate enthusiasts.
The Leesburg Skate Park on Catoctin Circle will soon be the site of the town’s latest public art project, a 13-foot-high sculpture celebrating the users of the recreation site.
The sculptor behind the project is Lovettsville’s Jeff Hall, who is also creating the King Street sculpture honoring the late Stanley Caulkins. Hall was chosen from among three artists who submitted designs for the skate park sculpture. An advisory committee put together by the town’s Public Art Commission selected Hall’s vertical design sculpture. Under a recommendation by the Parks and Recreation Commission, the sculpture will feature not just skateboarders, but also inline skaters and cyclists who use the skate park.
A silhouette in the sculpture will also feature the likeness of Eric Brown. As a teen, Brown was a driving force behind fundraising for the initial skate park, and the park was named after him following its renovation in 2017. The $10,000 cost of the project will be paid by the nonprofit Friends of Leesburg Public Art.
The Town Council is expected to take a formal vote on approving the project at its Jan. 22 meeting. The sculpture is expected to be installed by summer.