The Artists in Middleburg nonprofit unveiled its long-anticipated six-foot bronze fox sculpture in front of the Middleburg Community Center on Saturday afternoon during the town’s Christmas in Middleburg event, which brought in thousands of visitors who also were treated to an hour-long parade full of dogs, horses, cars, local leaders and Santa.
The $30,000 sculpture, commissioned by theMiddleburg Arts Council in 2018, took months to fund but only one month forGoksin Carey, a resident artist and the nonprofit’s vice president, to sculpt. It’s permanently located between the community center’s steps.
Throughout August, Carey and her sculpting students worked on the clay fox using as a model a stuffed red fox the nonprofit’s members have named “Flossy the Fox.” Once completed, the sculpture—which is intended topersonify the town’s reputation as the fox hunting capital of the nation and to some degree imitate Wall Street’s iconic charging bull sculpture—was sent to a foundry in Fredericksburg for bronzing before being installed atop a granite slab donated by Virginia Marble and Granite.
The sculpture was funded via a $10,000 donation from the Town of Middleburg and a $5,000 donation from the Middleburg Garden Club, along with other major donations from Virginia Marble and Granite, Jason and Melissa Craig, the Cadenas Family, Vivian Warren and Wegner Metal Arts.
After crowding around the sculpture for photos, thousands of Christmas in Middleburg visitors lined Washington Street to watch the town’s annual parade.
This year’s procession featured appearances by hundreds of dogs of all sorts of breeds, dozens of horses and vintage cars, students from local schools, marching bands, an Elvis impersonator, Middleburg Mayor Bridge Littleton and multiple Town Council members, County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large), Supervisor Tony Buffington (R-Blue Ridge) and, bringing up the rear, Santa Claus atop an 18th-century horse-drawn carriage.