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
Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Dark Star Park!
This year, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and Holt/Smithson Foundation join with Arlington Public Art in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Dark Star Park. Every August 1st at 9:32 am, Nancy Holt’s Dark Star Park (1984), in Arlington’s Rosslyn neighborhood, aligns with the sun. Join us for festivities at the Hirshhorn and at Dark Star Park. Check out the project page for a complete list of events.
Dark Star Park Featured in Rosslyn BID’s Putt-Putt
Dark Star Park has been reimagined as one of the landmarks featured in the Rosslyn BID’s Putt-Putt, a nine-hole mini-golf course. Stop by to check it out and play! For more information visit the Rosslyn BID’s website.
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.
Check out Arlington’s Latest Work of Public Art!
Gravity and Grace by Cliff Garten is a large-scale LED public artwork integrated into the architecture of JBG SMITH’s new Central Place Plaza (1800 N Lynn Street). Stop by to see the work in person and learn more by watching Garten’s recent artist talk.
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.