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Vote for Your Favorite ArtsPARKs Sculpture in Raflo Park!

The Friends of Leesburg Public Art will present the People’s Choice Best Sculpture Award at the 2019 Flower & Garden Festival.

Post Date:03/18/2019 11:56 AM
Leesburg, VA (March 18, 2019) – The Leesburg Commission on Public Art (COPA) and Friends of Leesburg Public Arts (FOLPA) wants to know which ArtsPARKs sculpture is your favorite. The trail winding through Raflo Park along Harrison Street is home to a new set of five modern artworks that will remain on display until June 2020.  

Members of the public are invited to tour the exhibit and vote for their favorites to win the People’s Choice Award. The winner will be announced at the Leesburg Flower & Garden Show on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

Coming into the park from the W&OD Trail, the first sculpture is “Kool Dudes” by Jim Koenig, which portrays figures created from locally sourced cedar, skateboards, and other found objects.  The next piece, “Rural Landscape,” by Brian Kirk, displays the artist’s appreciation for living in rural western Loudoun. Peter Wood’s sculpture, “The Brew,” is just across the walkway. This work is an assemblage of objects that portray the varying aspects and experiences that make up an individual. “Phoenix,” also by Wood, reminds us that we will rise up out of ashes and continue on, more beautiful than before. Finally, at the south end of the park is “Pollinator,” by Michael M. Clay, which is a visual representation of the symbiotic relationships and mutualism found in nature. 

The sculptures are available for purchase. Twenty percent of the proceeds will be invested in the ArtsPARKs program, paving the way for new artists to exhibit their work in subsequent years.

To vote for the People’s Choice Best Sculpture Award, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019ArtsPARKS. The deadline for voting is Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

The ArtsPARKs Sculpture Trail in Raflo Park was created by COPA in collaboration with FOLPA in 2016. Every two years, COPA issues a call to artists. A jury of art professionals selects five sculptures for installation. Once installed, the sculptures remain on display for two years. The next call to artists will be issued in late 2019, for sculptures to be installed in the summer of 2020. For more information about ArtsPARKs and other COPA projects, visit www.leesburgva.gov/publicartnews.  

Media Contact:
Betsy Arnett
Public Information Officer
barnett@leesburgva.gov
703-771-2734

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