Loudoun has a dynamic and growing public art scene. County seat Leesburg is the heart of it, with a contemporary sculpture garden, scores of murals by renowned local and national artists, several prominent statues and a guided walking public art tour.
Three-acre Raflo Park is home to the sculpture garden ArtsPARK, a rotating series of conceptual pieces by five local, regional and international artists. Several murals in unique locales brighten the town’s streetscape, from the turquoise-colored “Discover the Charm”mural on Liberty Street (a popular selfie spot), to Kaeley Boyle’s red and gray locomotive mural on the South King Street Bridge and Washington, DC artist Shawn Perkins’ stunning “Journey to Freedom” on the wall of the Loudoun Museum - a vibrant depiction of Bazil Newman, a Black 19tth Century Loudoun landowner and ferry business operator taking a young boy across the Potomac to freedom in Maryland.
It’s not only Leesburg driving the scene. As part of Virginia’s LOVEworks program, Lovettsville and Purcellville boast LOVE sign sculptures (Purcellville’s an homage to wine country), while One Loudoun in Ashburn is the site of Ed Trask’s towering 6,000 square-foot “new urbanism” murals on the wall of the Alamo Drafthouse - abstract pieces depicting birds, planes, flowers, buildings and open sky.
Welcome to art country.