Patricia Leighton's Art in Bloom at Sculpture Park

Urban designers know that green spaces and public art help define a place and provide a sense of community. So why not combine both? That’s precisely what the Capital One Art Program thought when it commissioned environmental sculptor Patricia Leighton to create Echo Green 1, Echo 2, and Echo 3 (all 2022), three metallic cube sculptures that support living vegetation for Capital One.

Echo Green 1  lives atop Capital One Center’s The Perch, while Echo Green 2 and Echo Green 3 are homed at Capital One’s West Creek Campus in Richmond.

Inspired by her bucolic upbringing in Scotland and European Neolithic and Megalithic sites like England’s Stonehenge, Leighton makes public artworks out of the natural environment and its surrounding vegetation. Her earthwork installations engage themes of timelessness and mystery.

To create her works of art, Leighton often culls indigenous materials from a particular site and related archival materials from libraries. Her artwork ranges from large-scale modifications of the landscape to traditional geometric-shaped sculptures, as seen in the Echo series—three stainless steel cubes filled with green vegetation.

Leighton’s Echo Green 1, Echo 2, and Echo 3 are three tilted cubes balanced atop metal frames, visually and contextually elevating nature. The living vegetation in each box is a variety of sedum and succulent plants that change with the seasons. The continuously regenerating sculptures evoke themes of environmental fragility and the interdependence of nature and culture.

The Echo series is ultimately a celebration of nature.

Based in New York City, Patricia Leighton has been making art for over three decades. Leighton earned her BA from Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, and her MA at the University of the Arts Poznań, Poland. She is the recipient of many awards, including a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, as well as travel and fellowship awards from the Scottish Arts Council. Leighton has completed public art projects throughout the United Kingdom and in the United States, including the LYNX Blue Line light rail extension in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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About Capital One Center

Capital One Center, the public-facing portion of Capital One’s global headquarters in Tysons, Virginia, redefines mixed-use development by providing an arts-focused enriching indoor/outdoor experience. When fully built-out, this 6 million sq. foot entertainment destination will be home to a vibrant array of public art, performances, and retail, including a world-class performing arts center, Capital One Hall, a 2.5 acre skypark, The Perch, and 300-key boutique hotel, The Watermark. Capital One Center is thoughtfully designed to create a walkable campus where small steps lead to big experiences.