McLean, VA, is a popular suburb for young professionals and families because of its proximity to Washington, D.C., and its array of shops and restaurants. And within McLean is the hipster haven of Lewinsville Park. This 12-acre park is a favorite among locals for its dog-friendly atmosphere, picnicking, and playground. But what makes Lewinsville Park genuinely unique is its vibrant art scene. The park is home to several large-scale sculptures and murals and several smaller pieces. One of the most famous sculptures in the garden is “The Watcher,” a 16-foot-tall steel sculpture by artist Patrick Dougherty. Learn more here.
The sculpture, installed in 2015, features a spiral staircase leading to a viewing platform at the top. From the platform, visitors can get a 360-degree view of the park and the surrounding area. Next to “The Watcher” is the “Lewinsville Love Mural.” This mural, created by local artist David Cerny, features a colorful heart with the words “Lewinsville Park” inside. The mural was built in 2017 as part of the park’s 50th-anniversary celebration. Visitors to Lewinsville Park will also find several more miniature sculptures and murals scattered throughout the park. These pieces add to the park’s unique character and make it an extraordinary place to visit. Learn more about A little bit of heaven on Earth: George Washington Memorial Parkway.