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Public Art

Public Art

Arlington's award-winning public art collection is comprised of more than 60 permanent projects throughout its neighborhoods.

This infusion of art connects people to Arlington and reflects the community's values, diverse traditions and civic pride. Arlington's public art collection has drawn international attention, and you will soon see why. You’ll find public art that you can splash in and play on. In some cases, you can even drive on it or use it to charge your cell phone.

Here is just a sampling of the collection. Use this map to explore more during your visit.

  • “Dressed Up and Pinned”: This work by Vivian Beer is both fashion-forward and functional. Designed as a bench, the sculpture takes the shape of a surreal stiletto high heel which morphs into drapery wrapping around the façade of 2401 Wilson Boulevard. It’s tailor-made for taking dramatic selfies. You can find it at the Hyatt Place Arlington/Courthouse Plaza.
Dressed Up And Pinned By Vivian Beer
Dressed Up And Pinned By Vivian Beer
  • "Arlington Boulevard": At the Route 50 Interchange at Courthouse Road and 10th Street, artist Vicki Scuri designed retaining walls featuring richly-textured concrete panels referencing the native red bud tree. All four sides of the two bridges crossing Route 50 feature patterned metal screens backlit by programmable LED lights that slowly change hues over a 15 minute period. (Pictured above, photo by Roger Foley Photography).
  • "Quill": Artist Christian Moeller created the arrangement of nearly 20,000 3 ¼” reflective discs arranged in a field of slotted aluminum panels in Rosslyn. Moeller’s design spans the Nash Street façade with additional treatments visible on North Moore Street. By day, the abstracted image appears to the viewer in motion in changing shades of pearlescent green. At night, it glows with light charged during the daytime.
  • “Dark Star Park”: Show up at 9:32 a.m. Aug. 1 to see Nancy Holt’s work, which encompasses landscape architecture, sculpture, and astronomy, in Rosslyn. That’s when shadows cast by the poles align with permanent forms in the shape of the shadows on the ground for Arlington’s own little Stonehenge.
Dark Star Park public installation by Nancy Holt at 1655 Fort Myer Dr.
Dark Star Park, photo by Ron Cogswell

Check out these self-guided tours of Arlington’s public art that will light the way for you.