Permanent & Temporary Public Art Installations
Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., and recently chosen as one of two new headquarters for Amazon, Arlington, Virginia is recognized as one of America’s most vibrant, walkable urban centers. What many people don’t know about Arlington is that it has an internationally renowned permanent collection of more than 60 public art projects, as well as periodic temporary projects.
Walking Tour of Rosslyn
Arlington’s Rosslyn neighborhood, conveniently accessible on Metro’s Orange, Blue and Silver Lines, offers rich opportunities for exploring a robust array of public art works within a relatively small area. Check out Arlington Arts’ self-guided walking tour and map for your first 12 stops (you can print it for your journey or follow along on your mobile device) then visit two new additions, Nos. 13 and 14, below.
As Spanish artist Eva Salmerón, whose work Meeting Bowls was featured as a recent temporary project here in Arlington, said in Washingtonian magazine, “Public art is for everybody, and it is shown in places where you are passing by,” Salmerón says. “It’s something that you find yourself with, not something you’re going to see. It’s a spontaneous encounter, no prejudice, no expectations, a surprise. Something new that changes the landscape of the city.”
Now, start walking!