Our Mission

The Clifton Forge LOVE Sculpture is an extension of Virginia Tourism’s LOVEworks program, a state-wide branding initiative designed to promote travel in Virginia and strengthen awareness of the half-century “Virginia is for Lovers” message.

Clifton Forge’s LOVE Sculpture promotes the history and beauty of the area with each letter representing the uniqueness of the Town.  L represents a thriving arts community, O represents the heritage and significance of the railroad, V represents education and E represents the unparalleled vistas and outdoor activities.

The Clifton Forge LOVE Sculpture attracts people from the immediate community, in addition to travelers from near and far, while educating and encouraging further exploration of the area.

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The Goal of CFLoveWorks

The Clifton Forge LOVE Sculpture is the project of the Clifton Forge LOVEworks committee made up of local residents.  The “LOVEworks” signs located all over Virginia were designed by various artists out of materials related to the local area where the sign is placed. The goal is to have the sign as backdrops as visitors take their photos in front of the letters L-O-V-E.  The Clifton Forge LOVE Sculpture will be located on the lawn of the Masonic Amphitheatre at 513 Church Street. The Clifton Forge LOVE Sculpture will be made of metal which represents the forges in the area and each letter and element of the sculpture represents the unique gifts that Clifton Forge offers.  Please consider a donation to ensure that the Clifton Forge LOVE Sculpture becomes a reality.  Installation of the sculpture is planned for June 2022.

Artist Renderings Of The Sculpture

This photo is taken on the Amphitheatre grounds where the LOVE sculpture will sit. The sculpture will have the perfect backdrop of trees, foliage, Smith Creek.  It will be accessible by using the Amphitheatre Bridge or by parking on Church Street and walking to the sign.  Both are ADA compliant.

The LOVE sculpture is composed of an L, an O, a V and an E. Each letter is five feet tall and contains several elements that show the uniqueness and the heritage of our community.  This is a partial section of the Letter L.  L represents the vibrant arts community in Clifton Forge.

The LOVE sculpture is composed of an L, an O, aV and an E. Each letter is five feet tall and contains several elements that show the uniqueness and the heritage of our community.  This is a partial section of the Letter L.  L represents the vibrant arts community in Clifton Forge.

This photo is taken on the Amphitheatre grounds where the LOVE sculpture will sit. The sculpture will have the perfect backdrop of trees, foliage, Smith Creek.  It will be accessible by using the Amphitheatre Bridge or by parking on Church Street and walking to the sign.  Both are ADA compliant.

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4 days ago
CF Love Works

As Valentine's Day is fast approaching, we think of the many people and things we love. Show your love for the future Clifton Forge LOVE Sculpture--From February 7 though February 21, you will find LOVE Sculpture donation jars in the stores, businesses and restaurants on Main Street and Ridgeway in Clifton Forge. Help fill up the jar--donate at least $3.00 and get a wonderful LOVE Sculpture decal! ... See MoreSee Less

As Valentines Day is fast approaching, we think of the many people and things we love.  Show your love for the future Clifton Forge LOVE Sculpture--From February 7 though February 21, you will find LOVE Sculpture donation jars in the stores, businesses and restaurants on Main Street and Ridgeway in Clifton Forge.  Help fill up the jar--donate at least $3.00 and get a wonderful LOVE Sculpture decal!
2 weeks ago
CF Love Works

Great explanation of QR codes. Several spots in Clifton Forge have them!You've probably noticed a square barcode pasted to a light pole or on the back of a business card. That pixelated code, shaped in a square, is called a QR code, short for Quick Response code. The Clifton Forge LOVEworks sculpture will have them as well.

The QR codes will include informative articles, videos and audio recordings about the area and its history, maps and directions to other points of interest such as restaurants, shops, lodging and services.

Most smartphones are equipped with a QR reader or scanner, but if yours doesn't seem to have one, you can download it from your phone's app store.

Scan the QR code in this post to see a typical presentation of content that can be found throughout the sculpture. This example describes early travel around and through our area titled “The Great Connection” - canals, stagecoaches and railroads. (Courtesy, Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society Archives, Clifton Forge, VA 24422)
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Great explanation of QR codes.  Several spots in Clifton Forge have them!
2 weeks ago
CF Love Works

Coming soon to Clifton Forge LOVEworks website! When the LOVE Sculpture is installed, each letter will have a QR code. Visitors may hold their phones up to the code and learn more about the area --each element will have a description that tells an important fact, an historical reference, the names and specialties of the restaurants in Town, etc. Below is an example of one of the elements for the letter "O". The stagecoach element: "Travel in early times was rough and slow over unimproved trails, roads, and rivers. The canals of the late 18th and early 19th century offered an answer, but it was the railroads of the later 19th century that revolutionized transportation and reshaped the world. Stagecoaches took passengers from canal or railroad terminals onward. Coaches traveled on the James River & Kanawha Turnpike, an extension of the canal westward The Jackson River Depot was located 2 miles from here. It marked the western terminus of the Virginia Central Railroad, which extended 200 miles from Hanover Junction north of Richmond. Located just east of the Kanawha Pass of the Allegheny Mountains, the depot, the railroad, and the Jackson River were strategically important as logistical links to Tennessee and served as the "back door" gateways to the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia." (Courtesy, Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society Archives, Clifton Forge, VA 24422) ... See MoreSee Less

Coming soon to Clifton Forge LOVEworks website! When the LOVE Sculpture is installed, each letter will have a QR code.  Visitors may hold their phones up to the code and learn more about the area --each element will have a description that tells an important fact, an historical reference, the names and specialties of the restaurants in Town, etc.  Below is an example of one of the elements for the letter O.   The stagecoach element: Travel in early times was rough and slow over unimproved trails, roads, and rivers. The canals of the late 18th and early 19th century offered an answer, but it was the railroads of the later 19th century that revolutionized transportation and reshaped the world. Stagecoaches took passengers from canal or railroad terminals onward. Coaches traveled on the James River & Kanawha Turnpike, an extension of the canal westward   The Jackson River Depot was located 2 miles from here. It marked the western terminus of the Virginia Central Railroad, which extended 200 miles from Hanover Junction north of Richmond. Located just east of the Kanawha Pass of the Allegheny Mountains, the depot, the railroad, and the Jackson River were strategically important as logistical links to Tennessee and served as the back door gateways to the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia. (Courtesy, Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society Archives, Clifton Forge, VA 24422)Image attachmentImage attachment

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Awesome! C&O For Progress always!! Nice work folks. 😊

Wonderful addition to CF!

Was there a canal around CF?

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You can donate two ways! Either mail a check to:

P.O. Box 631
Clifton Forge, VA 24422

Checks made payable to the Town of Clifton Forge and add 'LOVE SIGN' to memo line.

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