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
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.
Join us for the Season’s Final County Wandering Public Art Walking Tour
Interested in urban design, public art, and discovering what creates Arlington's walk-friendly culture? Join us on Saturday, October 28, at 11:00 a.m. for a 90-minute community walking tour with artist Graham Coreil-Allen to explore Courthouse's public spaces. The tour will begin at the Courthouse pop-up plaza in the surface parking lot at 2100 Clarendon Boulevard. Free and open to the public. Registration is recommended. For information and to register, visit here. This project is in partnership with WalkArlington.
Meeting Bowls in Arlington
Created by the Spanish collaborative mmmm…, the Meeting Bowls are social places for gathering, getting to know people, and fostering dialogue in small groups. Stop by to hang with friends, have lunch, conduct a meeting or simply relax. This space is for you, so enjoy! The playful urban furniture will be installed at 1310 N Courthouse Road from July 12 to November 1. The Meeting Bowls will then be moved to Miami. Florida (November 15 thru December 23) to the Design District of Art Basel Miami, co-organized by the Spanish Cultural Center in Miami (CCE Miami). This project is made possible through a grant from Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), an agency that orchestrates public support for the promotion of culture, both in Spain and overseas. Visit the project page for more information.
Artist Talk with Donald Lipski
A towering 60' tall public art work entitled "The Pike" by acclaimed artist Donald Lipski is planned to herald the entrance to Arlington along the Columbia Pike corridor. Lipski was in town on September 18 to speak about the project and his creative process for creating art work for the public realm. The complete talk can be viewed online here.
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.