Marking each of the four corners of the Esplanade Bridge over I-66, these monumental sculptures create a memorable entry into Arlington County. The 26-foot high illuminated sculptures, called Luminous Bodies, consist of formed stainless-steel rods intersecting to define both exterior and interior surfaces and volumes. The structures respond to the formal stone and bronze monuments that bookend Rosslyn, lending a fresh perspective with their transparent vessels filled with sunlight during the day and color changing LED light at night.
This Esplanade Bridge installation is the second phase of Cliff Garten’s Corridor of Light, which when complete will result in artwork marking three major entryways into Arlington, VA. Installed in 2018, the first major artwork of the series is Gravity and Grace, a site-specific large-scale LED public artwork integrated into the architecture of Central Place Plaza.
In honor of America’s essential workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Luminous Bodies sculptures initially will be illuminated with a changing array of blue to blue-green light each evening (8 -10 p.m.). This #LightItBlue display will continue until the pandemic allows the artist to travel for the final programming and dedication of the sculptures.
Funded by private development public art fund contributions from B. F. Saul Company & Affiliates, JBG SMITH and 1881 Rosslyn Associates, LLC