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
See Your Heritage in A Work of Public Art
Artist Seeks Coins... From Your Homeland!
Dig through your drawers, find a handful of coins and make a deposit to one of three collecting stations. Your coins will be used to encrust the base of the public art work, The Pike by Donald Lipski.
Coin Collection Stations:
Courthouse Plaza Lobby: 2100 Clarendon Blvd.
Columbia Pike Branch Library: 816 S Walter Reed Dr.
Arlington Mill Community Center: 909 S Dinwiddie St.
Coins will be collected from June 19th through September 5, 2018 during normal business hours.
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.
Dia Acquires Its First Piece of Land Art by a Woman
Creator of Rosslyn's iconic Dark Star Park, the late artist Nancy Holt, recently became the first woman to have a work acquired by the prestigious Dia Art Foundation: her monumental Sun Tunnels (1973-76), sited in the Great Basin Desert in Utah. Similarly designed to engage the onlooker with light, space and shadow, Arlington's Dark Star Park offers a rare opportunity to engage with the work of this Land Art pioneer in an accessible, urban location. Read more about Nancy Holt in this New York Times article.
Put the “I” into C_vic has a new home!
Put the “I” into C_vic is now on view for all to see and interact with at Columbia Pike Library (816 S Walter Reed Drive). Thanks to everyone who came to Groovin' on the Pike on Friday, February 2, and had their picture taken as the “I” in C_vic by the artist Linda Hesh. The installation will be on display through the end of May, 2018. Stop by anytime, take your picture, and post it to social media with the hashtag #reimaginecivic to keep the conversation going!
Arlington Public Art is for Lovers
Arlington’s public art collection is featured in a DatingAdvice.com article. Check out this fun article about how public art in Arlington creates a “unique setting for magical couple’s getaways”.
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.