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Today, Arlington is home to more than seventy permanent public art projects. These projects are commissioned by the County to be integrated into various capital improvement projects, commissioned by developers as part of the site plan process, and initiated by communities. Arlington’s history of developer-initiated projects goes back to 1979 with the commission of Nancy Holt’s Dark Star Park in Rosslyn. Arlington Public Art has also hosted more than 40 temporary public art projects since 1987 and continues to partner with local arts organizations, artists, and community organizations to develop, launch, and present interpretative projects, temporary works, exhibitions, and more. Over the next three years, the Program expects to complete another dozen or so permanent projects, and we are monitoring about 25 developer projects at any given time.
Check out the latest news on public art in Arlington as well as archived press.
Learn more about the staff of Arlington Public Art.
The Public Art Committee is appointed by the Arlington Commission for the Arts to guide the Public Art Program staff’s administration of the Public Art Program.
From walking tours to driving tours, there are a number of ways to explore Arlington’s collection of more than seventy works of public art.
Arlington Public Art is an internationally renowned, award-winning publicly and privately funded program.
View the Public Art Program's guiding documents and resources from developer and artists.