Sky Column

Photos by Douglas Hollis and David R. Moss


Long Bridge Aquatics and Fitness Center
333 Long Bridge Drive, Arlington, VA 22202

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Artwork Details

Artist: Douglas Hollis
Materials: Stainless steel, granite, terrazzo
Installed: 2021

Sky Column is an investigation of ephemeral monumentality. Tapered masts of stainless-steel tubing in the formation of a column project fifty feet high from the ground and appear to become one with the sky. The effect is that of a mirage, enhanced by the mirror-polished surface of the masts that reflect the surrounding landscape, respond to changing light, and quiver with the wind. At night, up-lights at the base of the artwork are programed to brighten and dim in response to real-time variations of the wind.

When seen from afar, Sky Column serves as a beacon, attracting people to the park while creating a gathering place for visitors to the adjacent aquatic center.  It can be viewed as a reminder of the fragility and interconnectedness of life, and our ability to nurture it when we work together as a community, especially in the face of challenges like a pandemic or climate change.

In 2011, Douglas Hollis's Wave Arbor was installed at Long Bridge Park.

Watch an interview with artist Douglas Hollis which details the installation of the artwork.
Learn more about Douglas Hollis.