Wave Arbor

Photos by Jesse Snyder and Douglas Hollis


Long Bridge Park
475 Long Bridge Drive, Arlington, VA 22202

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Artwork Details

Artist: Douglas Hollis
Materials: Perforated, anodized aluminum wing forms with LED lights, painted steel armatures
Installed: 2011 

Wave Arbor is a two-part kinetic wind-activated sculpture designed by Douglas Hollis for Long Bridge Park. Each structure supports 22 kinetic wing-like elements that move in response to the wind and allow light to pass through them, creating shadows below. Lights at the end of each “wing” register the motion of the wind at night. Wave Arbor is located at Long Bridge Park, a 38-acre park north of Crystal City that opened in the fall of 2011.

The park design team was led by a core site group consisting of Hughes Group Architects (architecture), Hargreaves Associates with LSG (landscape architecture), and CH2M HILL (remediation).  The core group worked closely with County staff and the Board-appointed Long Bridge Park Design Advisory Committee over many years. In 2021, Douglas Hollis's Sky Column was installed at Long Bridge Aquatics and Fitness Center. 

Long Bridge Park was named Best New Facility of 2012 by the Virginia Recreation and Park Society.

Watch a video on Wave Arbor.
Learn more about Douglas Hollis.