Cupid’s Garden


Wilson Boulevard and Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22209

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Artwork Details

Artist: Chris Gardner
Materials: Stainless steel
Installed: 1994

Chris Gardner (1951-2020) imagined this as “the garden where Cupid grows his arrows.” Arrows were a predominant motif in the artist’s sculptural work, as Gardner enjoyed the dynamism and sense of movement they convey and the many metaphorical possibilities they offer. Here, the arrows also allude to signs that direct the busy flow of vehicles and pedestrians around this traffic island where several streets converge. Cupid’s arrows become shiny directional counterparts for the traffic whizzing by.

Funded by LaSalle Partners.