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
DESIGNArlington Award-Winning Public Art
Two public art projects were awarded with DESIGNArlington Awards – Gravity and Grace by Cliff Garten and Arlington Abstracted by Marc Pekala. Check out the award-winning projects.
Check out Artist Marc Pekala's New Mural in Courthouse
The pop-up plaza at the Grove has a new mural by artist Marc Pekala! The mural is a continuation of an Arlington Art Truck project that Pekala developed and implemented in 2018. For more information, check out the project page.
The 35th Anniversary of Dark Star Park
For the 35th Anniversary of Dark Star Park (1984), Arlington Public Art partnered with the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and Holt/Smithson Foundation on the celebrations. Check out the highlights from the festivities.
Introducing Visiting Artist Amos Kennedy
Arlington Public Art is collaborating with the County’s Historic Preservation program to commemorate Arlington’s civil rights history. Together we are working with printer, book artist and papermaker, Amos Kennedy. Amos will be visiting Arlington over the next 18 months to create letterpress prints. Check out the project page for more information on the project and upcoming events.
Updating the Public Art Master Plan
Please check out the PAMP Update Project Site for More Information!
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. Check out the project site for the latest information and for a listing of upcoming community engagement opportunities.
Take a Tour
We recently updated the two extensive tours of our public art collection. Check them out and take a tour. Visit the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor or explore other neighborhoods including Route 1, Shirlington, and Columbia Pike. We also now have an easy to use one pager featuring tour maps from both of our tour guides.