Love is in the air. And throughout Virginia, it’s also on walls, outside museums, and in vineyards and parks. More than 50 years ago, a state tourist campaign said that “Virginia is for Lovers,” and the slogan stuck. So much so that in 2013, when the Virginia Tourism Corporation announced it would be offering financial assistance for communities and businesses who wanted to build structures around the slogan, many rose to the challenge. There are now more than 250 LOVEworks—large-scale sculptures, murals, and statues—celebrating the state of love.
“A lot of them reflect community effort,” said Leah Harms, Virginia Tourism brand manager, who oversees the LOVEworks program.
“We’re so proud of the communities that have been so creative in building these LOVEs, and we’re thrilled to see it take off with visitors and locals.”
There are myriad LOVEworks throughout the Tidewater region, with more—both permanent and seasonal—continuing to spring up. If you’re looking for a love-filled road trip, see if you can visit all of them, or maybe just start with the ones below.
While most LOVEworks are accessible regardless of weather, it’s always a good idea to call in advance or visit virginia.org/love to make sure the site you want to visit is open.