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Love letters, spelled in recycled film reels

During the summer of 2012, Roque Castro, founder of Yesterday Reclaimed, was commissioned by the Culpeper Tourism Department to create the towns first large-scale art installation in conjunction with a grant issued by Virginia Tourism Corporation to promote their “love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation” campaign. The challenge was to spell the word LOVE using 120 metal film reels donated by the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus. After the final design was chosen, Roque assembled a build team of local craftsmen, artists and designers, who all came forth willing to donate their time and skill set to the endeavor. Five months and over 1000 man-hours later, the end result was a sculpture fittingly named “Reel LOVE” that stands over 8 feet tall anchored in a prominent park in the historic downtown area next to the Culpeper Train Depot. The project not only highlights Culpeper as an art destination, but also showcases our town’s spirit of community and collaboration amongst the artists, craftsmen, local businesses, government and patrons of the art.

Reel LOVE images courtesy of Lori Sorrentino Photography:





Key contributers to the Design, Build and Materials of Reel LOVE:

Bill Welch, W.E. Welch & Associates,  Ijamsville, MD (Raw Materials)

Charles Rapp, Town Planner, Culpeper, VA (Design Team)

Culpeper Machine & Supply Co., Culpeper, VA (Raw Materials)

Curtis Twomey, Yesterday Reclaimed, Eastern View High School, Culpeper, VA (Build Team)

Dale Miller, Creative Coatings, Front Royal, VA (Sandblasting, Powder Coating)

Eddie Carroll, Master Electrician, Winchester, VA (Build Team)

Evan VanDerwerker, evanvanderwerker.com, Blacksburg, VA (Design Team)

Gary Wise, Superintendent, Culpeper Public Works, Culpeper, VA (Installation)

Jason Muir, Franchisee, Snap-On Tools (Build Team)

Kelsey Carlson, Owner, Green Roost, Culpeper, VA (Design Team)

Library of Congress Packard Campus (Raw Materials – 120 Film Reels)

Lori Sorentino, Lori Sorrentino Photography / Director of Tourism, Culpeper, VA (Design Team)

Marty Carroll, Master Debator, Culpeper, VA (Build Team)

Micky Clark, Master Mechanic, Culpeper, VA (Build Team)

Ryan Powell, Yesterday Reclaimed, Eastern View High School, Culpeper, VA (Build Team)


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