Public art should be a tool for placemaking — creating meaningful
connections between people and places important to civic life.
Connections by Barbara Bernstein. Photo by Hoachlander Davis Photography
Updating the Public Art Master Plan
The Public Art Master Plan (PAMP) is getting an update! Adopted in 2004, the PAMP outlines a strategy for how public art will improve the quality of public spaces and the built environment in Arlington for civic placemaking. The update will revisit the vision, opportunities, locations, strategies, criteria, priorities, and procedures outlined in the original plan. Stay tuned for more information as we go through this exciting process.
Artist Phillip K. Smith in Desert X
You may have seen Phillip K. Smith III's "Line to Circle” and “Arc Line Arc" in Metropolitan Park (Pentagon City) as part of Arlington’s permanent art collection. He now has work in an important new installation called "Dessert X" in California. Learn more about it here.
A Look at the Artistic Career of Boaz Vaadia
Put the “I” into C_vic!
In this season of political questioning, local artist Linda Hesh presents us with a way to voice our opinions. The “I” in this interactive sculpture is purposely missing so that you can pose for a photo standing in the artwork to Put the “I” into C_vic, and tell us what “civic” means to you. Thank you to everyone who showed up for the project launch on October 15. Check out photos from the day on the project website. The installation will be on view at 2100 Clarendon Boulevard for the winter. Passerby are encouraged to take their photo with the sculpture and share on social media. This program is part of Courthouse 2.0: Reimagining the Civic, a public art initiative aimed at sparking public conversation about the future Courthouse Square by exploring the interaction between civic space and civic life in Arlington in the twenty-first century.
Check out the Design for the New Ballston Quarter Pedestrian Bridge
Designed by Cleveland-based studioTECHNE|architects, the bridge will span Wilson Boulevard and connect the redeveloped Ballston Quarter to an existing pathway that leads to the Ballston Metrorail station. The design features a direct geometric approach, where the eccentric structure of the walkway oscillates between wall and roof. Check out the design on the project website.