Ceremony Celebrates New Downtown Mural

Leesburg’s newest piece of public art was dedicated during a ceremony Saturday.

The “Discover the Charm” mural, located adjacent to the Liberty Street parking lot, was created by Sagetopia, a Leesburg-based graphic design agency, with the help of the Friends of Leesburg Public Arts.

The team at Sagetopia, which moved to the town’s Arts and Cultural District in 2015, created and painted the mural as a token of their gratitude for the opportunity to be involved with the district. The 25′ x 18′ mural was inspired by many unique aspects of historic Leesburg, and includes depictions of the Fourth of July fireworks at Ida Lee Park; the W&OD Trail; musical scenes from First Friday and the Tally Ho Theatre; local restaurants and shops on King Street; the Shocktoberfest haunted house at Paxton Manor; and more.

“Leesburg is filled with many charming landmarks and activities that locals and visitors love to visit. We captured the most prominent pieces in downtown Leesburg in the illustration,” said Karli Mowrey, the illustrator and designer of the mural.

“The purpose of the mural is to inspire the public to explore the Town of Leesburg,” Sung Hee Kim, the founder and Creative Director of Sagetopia, said. “As we were working on the mural, people would stop and express excitement with they found their favorite local landmarks in the artwork. We want to spread the message that public art brings economic prosperity to the community by attracting the public to local businesses.”

She thanked the Sagetopia staff; Lowe’s of Leesburg, who donated paint supplies; and members of FOLPA and the Leesburg Commission on Public Art for their support throughout the project.

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