ArtSparks:  Sculpture Walk at Frank Raflo Park, Harrison Street in Historic Downtown Leesburg, VA

 

This program is a project of the Leesburg Commission on Public Art

The Town of Leesburg’s Commission on Public Art (COPA) presents it's second phase of it's “sculpture on loan” program for 2018-2020, In cooperation with the Friends of Leesburg Public Arts (FOLPA).  

Located along a walkway in Raflo Park on Harrison Street in downtown Leesburg, VA, the exhibit goes from the new Crescent Place development to the W&OD bike trail.  The permanent concrete pads were donated to the project by the Lansdowne Development Group and financial support  from Middleburg Bank.

All sculptures are available for sale.  20% of the proceeds from the sale of the sculpture will go back into the program through FOLPA for subsequent years and potential expansion of the exhibition.

To purchase one of the sculptures, contact our Treasurer, Dianne Capilongo at dianne@leesburgpublicarts.org   or contact the artist directly.

2018-2020 Installations:

People's Choice Award: Kool Dudes!

Pedestal 1:  Kool Dudes

Artist:  Jim Koenig

Height – 5’-4” Width – approx. 3.5’ at platform Depth – approx. 2’ at platform

Weight – approx. 50 lbs.

Base size – approx. 2’X2’

Tree Roots

Price:  $495.

Locally sourced (Loudoun County) cedar roots for the dudes and base supports; platform is pressure treated plywood. Cedar is a naturally rot resistant material and treated plywood is specifically made for outdoor use. Assembly hardware is rust resistant. Sculpture will be anchored with galvanized “L” brackets on the existing wood platform or using bolts and “L” brackets, if platform is removed. The plastic sunglasses were found along the banks of the Shenandoah after a flood and if vandalized can be readily replaced from my inventory of over 50 pairs retrieved after floods.

Pedestal 2:  Rural Landscape

Artist:  Brian D Kirk

Welded and painted steel, 2’ x 2’ x 5’, 2014

Price:  $1800.

Rural Landscape displays my appreciation for choosing to live in the rural setting of western Loudoun County. Surrounded by the mountains and beautiful natural flora and fauna of the area I choose to simplify and live in harmony with nature.

Pedestal 3:  In The Brew, 2016

Artist:  Peter Wood

Steel,  Dimensions: 76" height, 48" depth, 32" width

 

Price:  $2800.

The In the Brew is an assemblage of found objects that portrays the many aspects or experiences that makes up each one of us. Patterns cut into the form represents the scars for the tough times, but still allow some light to shine through. Sometimes we find ourselves In The Brew, but that is what makes it life.

Pedestal 4:  Phoenix, 2018

Artist:  Peter Wood

Steel,  Dimensions: 84" height, 40" depth, 62" width

Price:  $3600.

In these unsettling times, Phoenix reminds us that we will also raise out of the ashes to continue on more beautiful than before. Bolted and welded, the curved, flowing steel pieces come together to inspire us to look to the future.

Pedestal 5:  Pollinator, 2018

Aritst:  Michael Clay

Steel

Price: $1900

With Special Thanks to the Sponsors of this Installation: 

Rotary Club of Leesburg

Middleburg Bank:  A Division of Access National Bank

Larkin Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

2016-2018 Installations:

PEDESTAL 1: Sproutman,  2015
Welded and Painted Steel,  
Artist: Brian D. Kirk

Price:  $2,200

Sproutman” is a whimsical welded and forged steel artwork inspired by the natural growth of plants. The anthropomorphic form gives the appearance of a growing plant ripe with fruit. “Sproutman” embodies a variety of metal working techniques including cutting, bending, forging and welding.

Sponsored by:  Burgevin and Larkin of Wells Fargo

PEDESTAL 2: Unity, 2015 
Artist: Brian D. Kirk

Price:  $1,800

Unity” was created using heavy, recycled, circular steel scrap cut-outs and fabricated with an arc welder. The bold, geometrical design is grounded by the 4 foot, 1.5 inch steel disk. A curved steel pipe draws the eye upward. The artwork is inspired by the circle in an attempt  break the more traditional angular use of steel in architecture. The geometric shapes in nify the asymmetrical composition.

Snsored by:  Rehau Unlimited Polymer Solution

PEDESTAL 3: The Artist, 2015 
Steel Artist:  Peter Wood

Price: $2,800

This sculpture invites the viewer to stop and take a moment to reflect on what is around them. Patterns cut into the form allowing light to come through so the viewer can see what’s beyond what is directly in front of them. Inspired by the nature around us, there is so much to see.

Sponsored by:  Knutson

PEDESTAL 4: Trail Blazer, 2015 
Steel Artist:  Peter Wood

Price: $1,400   (SOLD)

Trail Blazer is static but invokes the feeling of motion. It is my hope this sculpture inspires and motivates others to forge ahead. Perhaps the visitor to Raflo Park will view this sculpture and image the possibilities for their path ahead.

Sponsored by:  Lawrence and Suzanne Stipek

PEDESTAL 5:  Birdhouse #6, 2015 *People's Choice Award
Steel Artist: Michael M. Clay

Price: $2,200

This sculpture is the sixth in a series of birdhouses exploring the dichotomy between nature and architecture.

Sponsored by: Rotary Club of Leesburg

2016-2018  Sponsors:

Middleburg Bank, A Division of Access National Bank

Lansdowne Development Group

Rotary Club of Leesburg

Friends of Leesburg Public Arts
Leesburg Commission on Public Art

 

 

Meet The Artists

PETER WOOD, METAL SCULPTOR

Middleburg, VA

Inspired by nature’s peace and beauty, and life’s joy generated by my friends and family, I create sculptures, which convey the excitement of life. Using an oxygen/acetylene torch to fashion my sculptures, I take the industrial feel of steel and create the image of flowing and carefree movement.  It is as much a journey for me to discover the meaning, as it is to fabricate the steel into art.  It is my hope the viewer will enjoy their own journey when considering my sculptures.

rustymetal@mindspring.com,


BRIAN D. KIRK, ARTIST/EDUCATOR

Purcellville, VA

Brian teaches metal sculpture welding at the Art League School in Alexandria, VA and is the Fine Arts Department Chair at Stone Bridge High School in  Ashburn, VA where he teaches art.

bkirkstudios@aol.com


MICHAEL M. CLAY, ARTIST AND METAL FABRICATOR

Lovettsville, VA

My concerns vary greatly from one sculpture to the next. My experiences, relationships, and the dichotomy between science and nature are all sources for the ideas that shape my work. I place no imperative on any art that I create. For my sculpture to be a success there must be give and take between the sculpture and my audience.

CONTACT US
ADDRESS

FOLPA

312F East Market Street

Leesburg, VA  20176

admin@leesburgpublicarts.org

 

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