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Monumental, Interactive & Fun: Public Art in Rosslyn

Washington, D.C.


  • Anna and David. Photo courtesy of Rosslyn Business Improvement District.
  • Liquid Pixels by Ned Kahn. Photo by Elman Studio llc
  • Liquid Pixels by Ned Kahn. Photo by Elman Studio llc
  • Quill by Christian Moeller. Photo by Serge Hoeltschi
  • Quill by Christian Moeller. Photo by Serge Hoeltschi
  • Gravity and Grace by Cliff Garten. Photo by Luke Walter
  • Gravity and Grace by Cliff Garten. Photo by Luke Walter
  • Two panels of Continuum by Tom Ashcraft and David Chung. Photo courtesy of Arlington County
  • Reposto by Tom Ashcraft and David Chung. Photo courtesy of Arlington County
  • Anna and David by Miriam Schapiro. Photo courtesy of Arlington County
  • Anna and David by Miriam Schapiro. Photo courtesy of Arlington County
  • Helix by John Dreyfuss. Photo by James Rawlings
  • Helix by John Dreyfuss. Photo by James Rawlings
  • Cupid’s Garden by Chris Gardner. Photo by Elman Studio llc
  • Cupid’s Garden by Chris Gardner. Photo by Elman Studio llc
  • The Family: David, Haggit, and Adoniyya by Boaz Vaadia. Photo courtesy of Arlington County
  • The Family: David, Haggit, and Adoniyya by Boaz Vaadia. Photo courtesy of Arlington County
  • Dark Star Park by Nancy Holt. Photo by Hoachlander Davis Photography
  • Dark Star Park by Nancy Holt. Photo by Hoachlander Davis Photography

1 hour and 30 minutes
1.5 mi
Guided by Graham
Graham Coreil-Allen

Overview

Home to more than 60 permanent public art projects, Arlington, Virginia, is a community that recognizes the important role art can play in creating meaningful connections between people and places important to civic life. Walk around any of Arlington’s urban villages and you’re sure to spot a sculpture, mural or other artistic creation. Join Arlington County's Public Artist in Residence Graham Coreil-Allen for a walking tour of Rosslyn to learn about the neighborhood’s celebrated public art and robust network of spectacular public spaces.


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About Your Guide

Graham Coreil-Allen is a Baltimore-based public artist making places more inclusive and livable through public art, placemaking, and civic engagement. Graham collaborates with neighbors to interpret and activate public spaces through art for pedestrian safety and play, interactive mapping, radical walking tours, and neighborhood advocacy. In 2016-2017, Graham developed the County Wandering walking tour series for Arlington and has led these tours in neighborhoods throughout the county.


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Guide Points

  1. Liquid Pixels by Ned Kahn (2002)

    _Liquid Pixels_ by Ned Kahn consists of 630,000 one-inch diameter stainless steel discs affixed to pins.

  2. Quill by Christian Moeller (2014)

    _Quill_ by artist Christian Moeller was created as a perimeter enhancement for the Dominion Virginia Power substation. It consists of nearl…

  3. Gravity and Grace by Cliff Garten (2018)

    _Gravity and Grace_ by Cliff Garten is a site-specific, large-scale LED public artwork integrated into the architecture of Central Place Pl…

  4. Continuum and Reposto by Tom Ashcraft and Y. David Chung (2003)

    _Continuum_ by artists Tom Ashcraft and David Chung consists of 17 mosaic panels along Key Boulevard that depict motion through a sequence …

  5. Anna and David by Miriam Schapiro (1987)

    _Anna and David_ suggests movement through the animated poses of two dancing figures. Artist Miriam Schapiro writes about her work:

  6. Helix by John Dreyfuss (2006)

    For _Helix,_ artist John Dreyfuss was inspired by the form of the human skeletal pelvis, so he cast a massive one from bronze.

  7. Cupid’s Garden by Chris Gardner (1994)

    Artist Chris Gardner imagines this sculpture as “the garden where Cupid grows his arrows.” The arrows also allude to signs that direct the …

  8. The Family: David, Haggit, and Adoniyya by Boaz Vaadia (1992)

    Israeli-born sculptor Boaz Vaadia (1951-2017) took his inspiration from both urban and rural environments, specifically the monumental ston…

  9. Dark Star Park by Nancy Holt (1984)

    Encompassing landscape architecture, sculpture, and astronomy, Dark Star Park by Nancy Holt is among the first major examples of “integrate…


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