Visual Art Bike Tour Using Loop G on the Arlington County Bike Map, cycle 14 miles and view 21 public art projects and exhibitions in and around the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. Enjoy! Stop 1 Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 North Fairfax Drive Open when there is an exhibit on display Wednesday 3 Friday 11-7PM, Saturday 11-2 www.arlingtonarts.org/ellipseartscenter.htm 703-228-7710 Ellipse Arts Center The Ellipse Arts Center is a 3,000 square foot visual arts facility managed by Arlington County Cultural Affairs, Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources.
Since opening in 1990, the center has been committed to providing a high quality visual arts programs. As part of its mission to support and promote art programs for Arlington County's working and residential community, it has developed Project Mobile Ellipse which instigates diverse art happenings throughout Arlington County outside the confines of the main gallery. Stop 2 Virginia Square Metro Plaza, 901 North Nelson Street Tom Ashcraft and Y.
David Chung with SmithGroup Architects and landscape architects Stephenson & Good Virginia Square Metro Plaza (2003) steel, concrete, cast bronze, cast concrete terrazzo, concrete pavers Virginia Square Metro Plaza was created through the collaborative efforts of artists Tom Ashcraft and Y. David Chung, SmithGroup architects, and Stephenson & ... more. less.
Good landscape architects. The team designed a modern piazza to include both functional and aesthetic components consisting of benches, planters, a fountain, a clock tower, and a commemorative medallion.<br><br> Funded b The Donohoe Com anies Inc. Stop 3 Maury School, 3550 Wilson Boulevard Open when there is an exhibit on display: Tuesday 3 Saturday 11-5PM www.arlingtonartscenter.org 703-248-6800 Arlington Arts Center The Arlington Arts Center (AAC) is a private, nonprofit contemporary visual arts center dedicated to presenting and supporting new work of regional artists from the Mid-Atlantic States. Through exhibitions, educational programs, and subsidized studio spaces, the AAC increase awareness, appreciation, perception, and involvement in the visual arts.<br><br> The Arlington Arts Center (AAC) was founded in 1976 and is housed in the historic Maury School. Louis Comfort Tiffany Studios Untitled (early 1930s) leaded stained glass These stained glass windows were originally installed in the Abbey Mausoleum in Arlington, built by the US Mausoleum Company in the 1920s. With the bankruptcy of the Abbey Mausoleum Corporation in the 50s, the building fell victim to vandalism and neglect.<br><br> In 2000, the US Navy gained ownership of the building and decided to tear it down. Arlington County salvaged these Tiffany windows. The expansion of the historic Maury School provided the windows with a new home.<br><br> These three geometric windows were selected for restoration and installation at the Arlington Arts Center and were successfully repaired with the use of matching glass fragments from the other mausoleum windows that were damaged beyond repair. Public Art Program, Cultural Affairs Division, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources and Historic Preservation Program, Department of Community Planning, Housing, and Development Stop 4 Joseph L. Fisher Post Office, Clarendon 3118 North Washington Boulevard Auriel Bessemer Historical and Industrial Scenes 3 Sketches of Virginia (1939) Auriel Bessemer 9s historic New Deal-era murals have been restored and hung in the Joseph L.<br><br> Fisher Post Office. Bessemer was commissioned by the Treasury Department 9s Section of Fine Art to paint Historical and Industrial Scenes 3 Sketches of Virginia for the post office as part of a national effort to beautify new federal buildings . As a public commission, Bessemer was encouraged to depict imagery emblematic of national ideals and local history.<br><br> His paintings are therefore significant artifacts of our national history and also symbolize the strengthening of Arlington 9s identity in the 1930s and 40s. Restoration of post office and murals funded by The Keating Partners. Stop 5 Clarendon Central Park This park has a long history of temporary public art exhibitions.<br><br> Artwork in this park is rotated every six months. Stop 6 2900 Clarendon Boulevard Wendy Ross As on a Darkling Plain , 2006 2900 Clarendon Blvd, 22201 thru-body porcelain tile, bronze, corten and stainless steel Bethesda, Maryland artist Wendy Ross explores her interest in botanical growth patterns as she manipulates steel, bronze, and porcelain to depict organic, stylized trees. These forms wrap themselves around the corners and columns of this building and appear frozen in a windswept position.<br><br> The work helps soften this urban street corner with muted earth colors that were inspired by Ukiyo-e , a genre of Japanese woodblock prints produced between the 17 th and 20 th Centuries. Ukiyo-e is translated as pictures of the floating world , referring to Edo 9s (modern-day Tokyo) unique culture that made it a world unto itself. The title As on a Darkling Plain originates from Matthew Arnold 9s famous 19 th century poem, Dover Beach , the theme of which revolves around the crisis in faith in the mid-Victorian era.<br><br> Stop 7 Clarendon, Clarendon Boulevard between Edgewood and Danville Streets Preston Sampson with ArtsWork Apprentices Etched Glass Bus Shelters (2002) Artist Preston Sampson worked with ArtsWorkd apprentices to create these two identical etched glass bus shelters. Their proximity to the Virginia Hospital Center inspired medical imagery. ArtsWork was a summer employment program for creative youth.<br><br> Stop 8 2500 Wilson Boulevard at Cleveland Street & Clarendon Boulevard Jim Sanborn Invisible Forces (1988) red granite, quartz, lodestone, stainless steel Slabs of granite seating and the obelisk of granite and quartz refer to monumental geologic forms created over millennia. The obelisk features a steel lightning bolt continuing down on its journey from the sky. If you stand behind the dark lodestone in front of the bolt, it appears to be striking the lodestone, cracking the granite base upon which it rests.<br><br> Lodestone, also known as magnetite, is highly magnetic and attracts lightning strikes. It also attracts the needle of the magnetic compass engraved into the polished granite slab (magnetic forces falsify a compass reading, thus overriding the functionality of this man made tool). Funded by Weissberg Development Corporation Stop 9 Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Boulevard Interior Artwork Portable Works Collection, 3 rd floor public spaces Arlington Cultural Affairs 9s portable works collection consists of original artworks created by tri- state artists.<br><br> The collection supports regional artists through the purchase and display of artwork, to introduce work by regional artist to the public and government staff, and to enhance and enliven the appearance of the government building interiors. Recently purchased works will be on view at the County government headquarters early Spring 2007. Rik Freeman with ArtsWork apprentices Arlington at 200 (2002) acrylic paint on wood panels This spiraling mural was commissioned to mark the 200 years elapsed since 1801 when the area that is now Arlington was designated as part of the District of Columbia.<br><br> In 1847, the land was returned to Virginia and became part of Alexandria County, and later, known as the Town of Alexandria. In 1920, it was renamed Arlington County to distinguish the area from Alexandria County. Funding from the Arlington Bicentennial Celebration Task Force with a grant from the C.E.<br><br> Smith Companies. Stop 10 Verizon Plaza, 1320 Courthouse Road Buster Untitled (2000) welded bronze rods Kendall Buster describes her sculptures as drawings in space , referring to the open armature design that permits people to see through the structures. This grouping of chambers allows visitors to enter the sculpture and experience feelings of both confinement and security.<br><br> The shapes spring from the artist 9s interest in microbiology, which she once studied. This work is the artist 9s first public art commission. Funded by Verizon Stop 11 1655 North Fort Myer Drive Nancy Holt Dark Star Park (1984) gunite (sprayable mixture of cement and sand), stone masonry, asphalt, steel, water, landscaping Encompassing landscape architecture, sculpture, and astronomy, Dark Star Park is among the first major examples of integrated public art that is inseparable from its setting and creates a total environment to be experienced.<br><br> The work was restored in 2002. The work also refers to the area 9s history. Each year, on August 1 st , at 9:32 am, actual shadows cast by the poles and spheres align with permanent forms in the shape of the shadows on the ground beneath them.<br><br> The date marks the day that William Henry Ross purchased the land that later became Rosslyn. Funding, development, and support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the J.W. Kaempfer Company, Kingdom Gould, and Geneva Associates.<br><br> Stop 12 1801 North Lynn Street Ned Kahn Liquid Pixels (2002) stainless steel disks, stainless steel pins, injection molded plastic backing panels This artwork consists of six 42 x 25 foot vertical panels mounted on the North and East sides of this building, to which 630.000 one 3inch diameter brushed stainless steel disks, attached to stainless steel pins, have been affixed. The work responds to wind and light, mimicking the flow of air currents and light conditions across its surface. Funded and developed by the Steuart Investment Company and the JBG Companies.<br><br> Stop 13 Rosslyn, corner of 19 th and North Moore Streets Butch Anthony Bike Oasis - Arlington (2006) steel, baling wire, bicycle parts, road signs, metal scraps Butch Anthony takes his inspiration from society 9s castoff metal parts found in junkyards, backyards or the side of the road. A self-taught artist who hails from Seale, a small town on Alabama 9s eastern border with Georgia, Anthony 9s style of working is grounded in rural southern traditions of making do with what the environment provides. His work could be described csustainable d as it is based on the environmentally conscious principle of reuse.<br><br> Anthony 9s signature chogwire d technique, inspired by the makeshift design of a hog pen he once saw, transforms irregular shapes made from old road signs, license plates, car, bicycle and appliance parts into colorful and tactile metal crazy quilts. For additional information on artist Butch Anthony visit: www.museumofwonder.com Funded by The Rosslyn Fund. Project partners: Arlington Economic Development with Arlington Department of Environmental Services Solid Waste Bureau, Transportation Engineering & Operations Bureau, and Division of Transportation's BikeArlington program; Arlington Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, Cultural Affairs Division, Public Art Program, Parks Division and Recreation Division's Community Spokes Program; Bike Oasis - Arlington; The JBG Companies; Rosslyn Renaissance/Rosslyn BID.<br><br> Stop 14 Rosslyn, Key Boulevard between Oak and Quinn Streets Tom Ashcraft and Y. David Chung Continuum (2003) hand-cut ceramic tile mural mounted on waterproof composite board Commissioned to enliven this stretch of Key Boulevard, the 17 mosaic panels of Continuum depict motion through a sequence of abstracted botanical forms. A second work, Reposto, is situated at the main entrance of this building on Oak Street.<br><br> Reposto consists of two mosaic benches and one mosaic sculpture, whose forms echo the organic shapes found in Continuum. Although Continuum is two- dimensional and Reposto sculptural, the shared color scheme, mosaic design, and references to natural forms visually unite these works. Developed and funded by The Donohoe Companies, Inc.<br><br> and Twin Oak LLC Stop 15 1800 Wilson Boulevard John Dreyfuss Helix (2006) Bronze Trained as an artist and architect, Washington, DC sculptor John Dreyfuss is interested in investigating small components that unite to form a larger complex structure. The human skeleton inspired Dreyfuss to create Helix , a massive bronze pelvis. In order to explore this shape, Dreyfuss employed digital technology to design and view the sculpture prior to execution, allowing for increased experimentation while developing concepts.<br><br> Funded by Holladay Corporation Stop 16 Lee Highway between Dinwiddie and North Cameron Streets Winnie Owens-Hart with Artswork Apprentices Memory Bricks / The Family (2004) terra cotta and powder-coated steel Artist Winnie Owens-Hart is a native of Halls Hill/High View Park (HHHVP), the neighborhood this park commemorates. Owens-Hart was commissioned to develop artwork reflective of the history and values of this African-American community. Memory Bricks grew out of ArtsWork, a summer employment program for creative youth.<br><br> Under the direction of Winnie Owens-Hart, seven apprentices created decorative bricks and organized three community events where residents could also customize their own bricks. Interested in symbolizing HHHVP 9s strong community, the artist also designed The Family , a monumental steel sculpture of a man, woman, and child with clasped hands. The woman 9s skirt is beautified with patterned relief, representative of traditional African scarification.<br><br> Within this design is Braille text that acknowledges the vital role families play in the neighborhood. Five letters, HHHVP, stand on the west side of the park and provide prominent neighborhood identification. Funded by the Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development, Division of Neighborhood Services, Neighborhood Conservation Program and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources, Public Art Program Stop 17 North George Mason Drive, on either side of street by Virginia Hospital Center Preston Sampson with ArtsWork Apprentices Etched Glass Bus Shelters Artist Preston Sampson worked with ArtsWork apprentices to create these two identical etched glass bus shelters.<br><br> Their proximity to the Virginia Hospital Center inspired medical imagery. ArtsWork was a summer employment program for creative youth. Stop 18 6020 Wilson Bouelvard Jann Rosen-Queralt with Oculus Landscape Architects Cultivus Loci: Suckahanna (2004) Corten steel, jade river pebbles, copper, concrete, landscaping Jann Rosen-Queralt integrated a public art project into this rain garden, designed by Oculus landscape architects, that collects and filters storm water run-off from the paved areas of the park.<br><br> The system begins with a concrete channel running the length of the parking lot. Embellished with pebbles, copper, and leaf impressions, the channel guides storm-water toward the rain garden. Water also flows into two eight-foot tall conical steel vessels from pavilion rooftops and trickles through holes drilled in the sides of the vessels.<br><br> Pipes, mounted on one pavilion rooftop, drip water into concrete basins. The water is filtered by soil, sand, and plants before accumulating in an underground cistern. The clean water can then be pumped into the water flume to flow into Reeves Run, a tributary of Four Mile Run.<br><br> The work is appropriately titled Suckahanna, the Powhatan Indian word for water. Rosen- Queralt titles many of her works with Cultivus Loci , meaning cultivated place in Latin. Funded by the Kiwanis Club of Arlington and the Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources, Public Art Program Stop 19 Bluemont Park, 601 North Manchester Street J.W.<br><br> Mahoney Named Stones (1989) engraved stones Arlington artist J.W. Mahoney was one of four sculptors to participate in Onsite: 889: Bluemont Park Sculpture Project, a temporary outdoor sculpture exhibition. Although intended to be temporary, Mahoney 9s work, Named Stones, which consists of eight rocks into which words are engraved, e endures.<br><br> Engraved stones include Sleeping Moon (1), Isis (2) , Artemis (3) , Old Signal (4) , Amor (5) , Psyche (6), and Awake (7). One stone from the original project, Vespers (8) is now missing. These names were based on each rock 9s shape, location, or imagined relationship to the other stones.<br><br> Mahoney draws upon the Japanese Shintu tradition of naming natural objects in order to distinguish the special qualities of each and to encourage quiet contemplation. Funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources, Cultural Affairs Division, Public Art Program Stop 20 950 North Glebe Road Photographed by Hilary Regan Ray King Flame , 2006 glass, dichroic glass, laminated film, stainless steel cables and rods 950 North Glebe Road, 22203 Flame 9 s helical form is composed of dichroic (exhibiting different colors by reflected or transmitted light) glass joined together with a steel framework. Acting as a beacon to those entering and leaving the Ballston neighborhood, Flame 9s appearance is in constant flux as lighting conditions shift.<br><br> As the sun strikes the glass, prismatic effects create a shimmering appearance, while internal lighting illuminates the sculpture after dark. King began his career as a stained glass apprentice, receiving a Louis C. Tiffany Fellowship in 1975.<br><br> Flame represents an outgrowth of King 9s original training and his decades-long fascination with light and color. Eventually, King brought his glass work into three dimensions, thus enriching the effect light could have on his sculptures. Flame also compliments and responds to the surrounding architecture through use of steel and glass.<br><br> Funded by The JBG companiess Stop 21 901 North Glebe Road Jackie Ferrara with Landscape Architect M. Paul Friedberg Arlington Gateway (2004) pavers, slate, brick, granite, steel, water, landscape elements Jackie Ferrara and M. Paul Friedberg designed this two-level, 40,000 square foot courtyard.<br><br> Tucked away from its urban surroundings, the quiet refuge features a fountain, water wall and channel, benches, wisteria-entwined steel canopy, and interlocking pavers. The various components are unified through a strong sense of geometry and pattern. Ferrara has long been interested in creating distinct environments in which architectural forms and materials merge with sculpture and creative design.<br><br> Funded by The JBG Companies and J.E. Roberts Companies Finish Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 North Fairfax Drive