At the Route 50 Interchange at Courthouse Road and 10th Street in the Courthouse neighborhood, artist Vicki Scuri designed a complex multifaceted piece called Arlington Boulevard. Long retaining walls flanking Route 50 bear richly textured concrete panels that reference the native redbud tree. Intersecting them along both sides of two bridges that cross Route 50 are patterned metal screens backlit by programmable LED lights that slowly change hues over a 15-minute period. They make for an eye-catching multicolored embellishment for motorists driving under the bridges.
Wave Arbor is a skillful play on wind and light. It’s a two-part kinetic wind-activated sculpture designed by Douglas Hollis for Long Bridge Park in Crystal City. 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.
Arlington Public Art has also hosted more than 40 temporary public art projects since 1987 and continues to showcase interpretative projects, temporary works, exhibitions and more.
Over the next three years, the program expects to complete another dozen or so permanent works by a diverse range of the most respected artists in the field today, including Walter Hood, Mark Reigelman, Nekisha Durrett, Cliff Garten, Vicki Scuri, Spencer Finch and Olalekan Jeyifous.
How to Visit
You can take a self-guided walking tour of 14 fascinating works within just one square mile in Rosslyn.