Gleneagle neighborhood members in Arlington have helped put up a 14-foot statue to add some public art to the community.
The statue, called “Eagles Come Home,” was put up on Jan. 8. It features two metal eagles circling their nest and was created by local married artists Caroline Sumpter and Don Frazier.
“Each feather has been independently cut and soldered onto the sculpture,” said George Brain, a member of the Gleneagle Community Foundation that raised money for the project.
The new art project is visible along 67th Avenue and the Centennial Trail at one of the three entrances to the Gleneagle neighborhood and the location was chosen for that reason.
“The specific location of this piece was meant to have maximum visibility from a lot of different angles,” said Brain.
Brain is part of the Gleneagle HOA’s landscaping committee.
“The idea started because the city asked us whether or not we would consider having a piece of art here,” he said. “Our committee got excited about it and we went to work on it."
The HOA didn’t have the legal means to raise funds except for levying a fee to all homeowners though.
“The board of directors didn’t feel that spending homeowner money on an art project was viable so George [Brain] suggested we seek donations from the membership,” said John Branthoover, president of the HOA.
Brain formed the Gleneagle Community Foundation in response to collect donations and raise funds.
“It’s been three years in the works of bringing the community together to raise funds,” he said. “We had a number of different fundraising events where the community got involved.”
Local businesses and residents supported the project and the city of Arlington provided a grant from their public art fund.
The project was one of the grants from the first year of the city’s art fund.
“When Gleneagle applied we were super excited because one of the goals was to have homeowner’s associations and neighborhoods apply to put up art in their areas,” said Sarah Lopez, community revitalization and communications manager with the city of Arlington. “This is a substantial piece of art and we’re pretty excited to see it go in."
The eagle sculpture will also provide some art in a new area of the city.
“If you go throughout the city there’s about 45 to 50 art projects, but this end of the city didn’t have any,” said Branthoover.
“That was one of the goals, to get into different areas of the community like neighborhoods and industrial areas,” said Lopez.
Branthoover hopes the pond area next to 67th Avenue can become a community location. The land is currently owned by the HOA and they allowed the foundation to use it for the public art.
“We wanted to make it a place where younger families could bring their kids and feed the ducks,” he said.
The starting of the community foundation was new for residents and Brain said he enjoyed working with his neighbors.
“We’ve never done something like this,” he said. “From the process of fundraising we’ve really come together through this."
He also appreciated everyone who helped with the project.
“There’s a lot of people to thank,” said Brain.
He wanted to recognize the Gleneagle landscaping committee, community members and local businesses who donated, the HOA for use of their land and the city of Arlington for their support.