Abingdon LOVEworks

Add a little more LOVE to your vacation

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Abingdon LOVEwork at Main Street & Partington Place

We all know that Virginia is for Lovers!  Experience the LOVE yourself, by taking a photo with one  of Virginia's famous LOVEworks.  Abingdon has three, reflecting the creativity and quirky charm of this unique small town. 

You'll also find public art on display throughout town.  Combine all of the stops to create your own self-guided tour of artsy Abingdon.  

Take photos with the LOVEworks and share with the hashtags #LOVEVA and #lovefromAbingdon.

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Abingdon LOVEwork

Abingdon celebrates its unique history as an Appalachian frontier town with a LOVEwork inspired by the legendary Daniel Boone. In the 1760s, Boone was surveying the land that would eventually become Abingdon. Legend holds that as he was camping, a pack of wolves emerged from a nearby cave and attacked his hunting dogs before being driven away. Boone nicknamed the area “Wolf Hills.”

The Abingdon LOVEwork is 7 feet high and 15 feet wide, featuring a howling wolf. You’ll find it on Main Street, directly across the street from Barter Theatre, the State Theatre of Virginia. While you’re visiting the LOVEwork, stop and throw a penny in the adjacent fountain. The sculpture by artist Charles Vess, titled "Midsummer Play," is inspired by the fairy queen Titania from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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LOVEwork made of reclaimed barn wood
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Southwest Virginia sculpture

LOVEwork at the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center and Marketplace

Southwest Virginia is known for its local artisans, craft, outdoor recreation and music. This LOVEwork installation expresses the importance of showcasing a vibrant culture of music, craft and stunning natural beauty. 

The design and installation was done by local Southwest Virginia small business, Appalachian Reclaimed. Constructed and sourced by local materials, the Southwest Virginia LOVEwork spreads the LOVE and introduces residents and visitors to this unique region. While you’re visiting, don’t forget to take a photo with the matching #SWVA sculpture located on the opposite side of the entrance .

Food City LOVEwork sculpture
LOVEwork in honor of the Creeper Trail, made of recycled bicycle parts

Food City LOVEwork

The Food City LOVEwork showcases a bicycle themed design inspired by its close proximity to The Virginia Creeper Trail. Constructed from bicycles donated by Food City employees, as well as members of the local community - the entire project was designed and built by a team of associates employed by Food City’s Distribution Center, also located in Abingdon, VA.

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Love From Abingdon artwork at the Visitor Center

Love from Abingdon

In 2018, a local donor commissioned a piece of art titled "Love From Abingdon," and gifted it to the Abingdon Visitor Center.  Standing at 6 feet tall, the piece is designed to replicate a vintage postcard.  The letters feature photographs of iconic Abingdon scenes, including The Martha Washington Inn & Spa, Barter Theatre, and William King Museum of Art.  

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The Abingdon mural at Lois Humphreys Park

The Abingdon Mural at Lois P. Humphreys Park

This enormous mural by artist Ellen Elmes covers a brick wall bordering Lois P. Humphreys Park on Main Street.  The mural contains dozens of references to specific people, events and buildings from Abingdon’s history, and begs the viewer to notice details, like the stagecoach that would have traveled the Wilderness Trail, stopping in Abingdon, or the Tiffany stained glass window from the Washington County Courthouse.  

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Sculpture Garden at William King Museum of Art

William King Museum of Art is a fully accredited fine art museum, with rotating galleries featuring contemporary Appalachian and world art, as well as artist studios and classes. No visit to the Museum is complete without a stroll through the sculpture garden, where you can enjoy the permanent collection of outdoor sculpture. Bring a picnic lunch, a book, or even a kite and spend an afternoon relaxing on the grounds!

Inspired by the iconic Virginia is for Lovers slogan, more than 200+ LOVEworks have been installed around the state. Truly, LOVE can be found in every corner of the Commonwealth. Get started on your bucket list with a visit to Virginia.org/love

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