Recent & Upcoming Projects
1812 N. Moore Street, Rosslyn
In early 2014, Los Angeles artist Christian Moeller is installing a new perimeter enhancement to the Dominion Virginia Power Substation in Rosslyn as part of Monday Properties 1812 N Moore Street project. Moeller’s design will span the Nash Street façade with additional treatments visible on N Moore Street. The design was inspired by the successful return of the bald eagle to nesting along the banks of the Potomac River after years of being threatened with extinction. It will be rendered in a pattern created by the arrangement of nearly 20,000 3 ¼” reflective discs arranged in a field of slotted aluminum panels. By day, the abstracted image will appear in changing shades of pearlescent green for a viewer in motion. At night, it will glow with light charged during the daytime, enhanced by the reflected light of passing cars and ambient traffic lights. The public art project was negotiated as a community benefit for 1812 N Moore Street, a 35 story office building reaching completion in Rosslyn.
Sponsored by Monday Properties.
More information about the artist: http://www.christianmoeller.com/
Howeler + Yoon
South Hayes Street
South Hayes Street, in Pentagon City, is undergoing a public spaces renovation, including the redesign of all traffic medians, sidewalks, street furniture, and provision for a future street car. The current median, stranded between 8 lanes of traffic is a forlorn no-mans-land between two otherwise busy street edges. The redesign of the median creates mini-plazas at the street crossings and turns uninhabited areas into storm water bio-swales. A system of pre-cast benches/retaining walls line the plazas creating occupiable edges and a sense place.
For more about Howeler and Yoon: www.hyarchitecture.com
For more about the Pentagon City Multimodal Project: http://sites.arlingtonva.us/ccpc/construction-underway/
James Hunter Park
James Hunter Park is a unique urban space that incorporates creative placemaking and environmental components into its design and function. The park reflects Arlington’s urban ecology and innovatively serves Arlington’s canine population and the larger community while respecting the fabric of the surrounding neighborhood.
Arlington Public Art commissioned Thoughtbarn – a Texas-based design studio that champions artful utility through urban strategies and public installations -- created a playful wayfinding system for the park. These colorful signs provide information about the park’s unique environmental features and encourage learning experiences throughout the space. Clustered in various shapes, sizes, and colors, they are reminiscent of wildflowers sprouting up across the park.
Sustainable park components featured on the signs include renewable energy sources such as solar electric modules and a stormwater management system that harvests and reuses rainwater for irrigation. Arlington County collaborated with Alfred State College to integrate solar power within the park and collect data to be used for evaluation of and increased public awareness concerning the demonstrated technologies and how they serve the needs of landscape maintenance systems, public parks, and community needs.
For information about visiting the park see: http://www.arlingtonva.us/Departments/ParksRecreation/scripts/parks/JamesHunterPark.aspx
Arlington Boulevard/Route 50 Enhancements
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is currently making major safety and accessibility improvements to Arlington Boulevard/Route 50 at Courthouse Road and 10th Street by reconstructing the interchanges and associated access roads, replacing two aging bridges, and enhancing nearby pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
As part of this project, Arlington County and VDOT are working with artist Vicki Scuri to enhance the visual appeal of the new bridges and retaining walls which connect Arlington Boulevard/Route 50 to the Courthouse-Clarendon neighborhoods.
Scuri’s abstract patterns will flow along the concrete walls and bridges like theatrical curtains, adding drama, scale, and identity to these large sections of roadway infrastructure. The patterns are inspired by the heart-shaped leaves and seed pods of the native redbud trees that can be found in the area. In addition, Scuri has designed patterned laser-cut grills that will clad the bridge spans and will be lit in color. These design enhancements provide a poetic expression of place to what would be an otherwise standard stretch of roadway.
The Arlington Boulevard/Courthouse Road/10th Street Interchange project is expected to be completed in mid-2014.
More information from VDOT.
More information from Arlington’s Department of Environmental Services.
More about the artist at vickiscuri.com.
Nauck Town Square
Nauck-Green Valley Neighborhood
Past work by Walter Hood in Oakland, California
Arlington Economic Development—Arlington Public Art is one of 59 grantees selected by the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) Our Town program and will receive $75,000 to develop a public art project in the planned Nauck Town Square. Incorporating public art into the design of the town square has long been planned.
Arlington Public Art’s project for Nauck Town Square will allow Oakland, CA based landscape architect and artist Walter Hood to shape the final design of the plaza in a way that tells the story of the Nauck community and its heritage. Hood, whose work can be seen across the country and is the recipient of numerous awards, will engage Nauck residents and community leaders in his process of designing the plaza and art elements. The goal is to develop an overall design vision that elaborates upon the rich social and cultural history of Nauck and employs it in the creation of a dynamic new public space. Walter Hood will begin design fall 2013 and construction will commence sometime in late 2015.
Through Our Town, the NEA supports creative placemaking projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. The grantee projects will encourage creative activity, create community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies. All Our Town grant awards were made to partnerships that consist of at least one nonprofit organization and a local government entity. Arlington Public Art’s primary partner organization is the Arlington Community Foundation, who will provide leadership in community engagement as well as long term support of the project.
Read the press release.
Read more about the Nauck Town Square project from the Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development.
Learn more about the NEA’s Our Town Program
Donald Lipski, a renowned New York-based artist, was selected to create a work of public art for Arlington's Western Gateway, near Columbia Pike and South Jefferson Street. This project will mark the entrance to Arlington from Fairfax, and is being commissioned in conjunction with our Multimodal Street Improvement project.
Lipski will visit Arlington this summer to meet with community members and stakeholders, as he begins to develop a concept for the artwork. The artwork is slated for installation in summer 2015.
To see Lipski's past work visit: www.donaldlipski.net
As a member of Penrose Square’s landscape design team, Richard Deutsch created this interactive sculpture inspired by the Three Sisters Radio Towers, formerly located near Columbia Pike and Courthouse Road. Built in 1913 by the Navy as cutting edge technology, the Towers broadcasted the first trans-Atlantic radio signal in 1915, connecting Arlington with the Eiffel Tower. They also introduced regular broadcasts of time signals -- important navigational aids for ships at sea. When National Airport opened in 1941 the Towers posed an aviation hazard and were taken down.
Echo provides a modern interpretation of Arlington’s significant contribution to the history of communication. The concave elliptical parabolas carved into each monolith reflect and project sound, allowing words spoken into one stone to be heard by listeners at the other.
Echo was selected as one of the top 50 public art projects in the nation by Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Year in Review 2012. Read the press release.
View the Echo Penrose Square Presentation
Watch a video of Penrose Square's November 2012 Dedication
See more pictures of Echo
Tejo Remy and Rene Veenhuizen
Four Mile Run, Water Pollution Control Plant
Preliminary rendering of Remy and Veenhuizen’s fence enhancement concept
Remy and Veenhuizen were selected in March 2012 to create a unique design enhancement for the fence at the Water Pollution Control Plant. Their design ethos stems from a strong industrial design background, reusing existing resources rather than consuming new materials, and building awareness about our connection to the environment. Remy and Veenhuizen will develop and implement a compelling, innovative design concept which will serve as a unifying element within the Four Mile Run area, while creating distinct enhancements for the fence at the Water Pollution Control Plant.
Arlington Public Art is also working on a temporary project for the area that will allow visitors and passersby to access excerpts from recorded interviews with the designers and stakeholders and learn more about Four Mile Run, the Water Pollution Control Plant, and the coming design enhancements.
More information about the designers
Watch a video of the preliminary design
Dominion Virginia Power Station
Ben Fehrmann, Perimeter Enhancement concept
St. Louis artist Ben Fehrmann is installing a new perimeter enhancement to the Dominion Virginia Power Substation in Clarendon. His design will span the Wilson Boulevard and Fairfax Drive facades, serve to clean up the visual clutter of the site and provide an interesting optical experience for passing pedestrian and vehicles. Sponsored by Dominion Virginia Power. More information about the artist Watch a presentation at the National Building Museum by Ben Fehrmann
2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201
Linn Meyers, Untitled, Etched Glass
Rather than purchase an off-the-shelf film to cover the glass partition walls of Courthouse Plaza's public conference rooms, the Public Art Program worked with a local artist to create a composition that decreases distractions for users of these rooms and brings a unique sense of place to Arlington's government center.
Using a fine-tipped pen on Mylar, Linn Meyers created five small drawings, one for each public conference room at Courthouse Plaza. Meyers' drawings were then scanned, enlarged, and etched into glass. Before sandblasting could occur, Meyers worked with the glass fabricator to refine the digital images and ensure that the quality of her original mark remained in the final etched glass.
Meyers is known for her large-scale, site-specific, temporary wall drawings in which she lays out a geometric matrix on a wall and then draws repeating lines, creating rhythmic, organic patterns. She often works in the space for weeks, drawing directly on the wall with ink and paint. For the Courthouse Plaza project, however, Meyers' drawings had to be etched into the class in order to stand up to day-to-day use.
Meyers lives and works in Washington, DC. She has created large-scale temporary wall drawings for the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Paris Concert in Drance, and other institutions. This is her first permanent public art installation.
Learn more about the process in this short video:
More information about the artist
4 Mile Run Pedestrian-Cyclist Bridge Professional Competition Top Ranked Finalist Chosen: Grimshaw/Arup/Scape (pictured above)
Click here to see the winning proposal Finalist Teams:
Olin/Buro Happold/Explorations Architecture/L'Observatoire International
Rasales + Partners/Bergermann Schlaich and Partner/Simpson Gumpertz and Heger Selection Panel:
Michael J. Abrams, PE, Julia Beckman, Frank Schlesinger, FAIA, and Michael Vergason, FASLA.
Corridor of Light: Esplanade Gateway
Esplanade Luminous Body (night and day renderings)
Artist Cliff Garten has been commissioned to enhance the Rosslyn Esplanade, integrated into Arlington County’s N. Lynn Street Esplanade and Lee Highway/Custis Trail Safety Improvements, with four illuminated Luminous Body sculptures. This gateway treatment was developed as part of Corridor of Light, an urban design study for the entirety of North Lynn Street in Rosslyn. The Luminous Bodies have a scale that responds to adjacent architecture and monumental structures as well as anticipated planned private development and streetscape improvements. By day, the sculptures will reflect the sunlight; at night, they will be internally illuminated by programmable LED lighting.
Cliff Garten Proposal
North Lynn Street Book
Architect's Newspaper Studio Visit with Cliff Garten
National Business Journal article on Cliff Garten
Wave Arbor - Long Bridge Park
475 Old Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202
Wave Arbor is a two-part kinetic wind-activated sculpture designed by Doug Hollis for Long Bridge Park. Each structure supports 22 kinetic wing-like elements that move in response to the wind and allow light to pass through them, creating shadows below. Lights at the end of each "wing" register the motion of the wind at night. Wave Arbor is located at Long Bridge Park, a 38-acre park north of Crystal City that opened in the fall of 2011. The sculptures are made of perforated, anodized aluminum wing forms with LED lights supported by painted steel armatures.
The park design team was led by a core site group consisting of Hughes Group Architects (architecture), Hargreaves Associates with LSG (landscape architecture), and CH2M HILL (remediation). The core group worked closely with County staff and the Board-appointed Long Bridge Park Design Advisory Committee over many years. Doug Hollis and Anna Murch will continue to work with the core group to design public art to be integrated into Phase I of the natatorium to be built in Long Bridge Park.
Long Bridge Park was named Best New Facility of 2012 by the Virginia Recreation and Park Society.
More information on Long Bridge Park
Watch a video about Wave Arbor
More information on Doug Hollis