Jim Koenig’s “Kool Dudes” sculpture is the recipient of the 2019 ArtsPARKs People’s Choice Award, the voting of which occurred during the Flower & Garden Festival weekend last month.
“Kool Dudes” is one of five sculptures on display in the town’s ArtsPARKs sculpture trail at Raflo Park. The sculpture trail is a collaboration between the Commission on Public Art and the Friends of Leesburg Public Arts. The five sculptures will remain on display until June 2020, at which time a new round of sculptures will be installed. 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. The ArtsPARKs Sculpture Trail is part of the Loudoun County Artisan Trail network.
“Kool Dudes” is made from locally-sources cedar and portrays three figures along the Shenandoah River wearing sunglasses, one of whom is riding a skateboard. For more than 20 years, Koenig has been creating art from natural and manmade objects found while hiking the region’s mountains, woodlands, and riverbanks, as well as walking the streets and sidewalks of the area’s towns. He is currently the featured artist at the Gateway Gallery in Round Hill, and his works have been displayed at the Jefferson County Museum in Charles Town, WV, the Harpers Ferry National Park bookstore and the annual Waterford Fair.