Norfolk Sculpture Trail

NCA Public Artworks Vision

The Norfolk Community Association identified an opportunity to enhance our surroundings and create connectivity of space through a public artwork initiative. Years in the planning, this project is intended to engage with local artists to develop visual points of interest eventually giving shape to a trail of artworks that would encourage public engagement and exploration here in Norfolk.

“Owl of Good Fortune” by Jon Riedeman
Norfolk sculptor, Jon Riedeman, was commissioned in 2021 to create Norfolk’s first sculpture, “The Owl of Good Fortune.” Installed in September 2023 in Robertson Plaza in downtown Norfolk, this piece has already become an iconic symbol of Norfolk as a place where Art meets Nature.

To see a video of the making of the Owl of Good Fortune, Click Here.

To read two “Norfolk Now” articles on the sculpture background, Click HereClick Here

Jon Riedeman oversees the installation.
The granite base is meticulously placed.

Over 150 interested people came to the unveiling ceremony and heard Jon explain the details of his work.
Jon Riedeman with NCA board members Doreen Kelly, Marie Lowe, Walter Godlewski and Marie Civco.

Each attendee was delighted by a sweet Owl cookie!

The Owl of Good Fortune on its perch at Robertson Plaza.

We are happy to announce, we have chosen a whimsical, colorful creation by Norfolk sculptor Elizabeth Knowles in collaboration with sculptor Eric David Laxman as our second permanent artwork. This magical work which measures seven feet tall is named Lotus. Look for it to be installed in Summer 2024, location TBD.


Our work and planning continues… We have some interesting and challenging ideas for 2025. As the current projects evolve and expand our horizons, we are excited about what the future looks like. We welcome your input. Stay tuned…