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Downtown Roanoke's LOVEwork is approximately 9 feet wide and 5 feet tall and ties into Roanoke's rail heritage and Virginia's tourism message that "love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation." The LOVEwork was designed by well-known Roanoke artist Eric Fitzpatrick and was inspired by a train theme. You can learn more about the rail heritage of the region by visiting the Virginia Museum of Transportation & O. Winston Link and History Museum of Western Virginia, both of which are within walking distance of the LOVE art.

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  • Directions:

    I-81 to Exit 143 onto I-581/Route 220 South to Exit 5 (Downtown).  Follow signs.
    Or Route 220 North to Exit 6 (Elm Avenue). Turn left onto Elm Avenue. Follow signs.

    Wherever you’re headed downtown, you’re sure to find parking nearby. With more than 600 free on-street spaces and 6,000 parking options off-street, it’s easy to get close to your favorite place. All of our on-street parking is free and often unlimited after normal business hours. And many of downtown’s paid parking garages and surface lots are even free on the weekends or after 5pm on weekdays. We’re also proud to be a very pedestrian and bike-friendly area with lots to see along the way!

  • Major Access Routes: I-81, I-581, Route 220, Route 460
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