Client: Arlington County Cultural Affairs Division
Location: Rosslyn, VA, United States
Completion date: 2020
Artwork budget: $2,000,000
Cliff Garten Studio
Arlington County Cultural Affairs Division
Arlington Public Works
Virginia Department of Transportation
Corridor of Light is an urban plan for a synthesis of public sculpture and lighting infrastructure, unfolding, as a sequence of changing forms on North Lynn St., in Rosslyn,VA. Twenty-five-foot, tall, illuminated sculptures and a real time digital light painting create a series of places and gateways. The first of these projects is Gravity and Grace, (image 10) for Central Place Plaza, located mid-block on N. Lynn St. The second is the Esplanade Bridge in the north, seen here, and the last will be the Mead St. Bridge, at the south end of N. Lynn St., adjacent to the Iwo Jima Memorial. This bridge will be designed by Cliff Garten Studio with sculptures similar to those on the Esplanade Bridge. The transparent volumes of the sculptures’ inner and outer forms fill with sunlight during the day. Light shows of complimentary colors of LED light take over at night and are refracted by the surface of the stainless-steel rods to produce a dazzling spectrum of color. The artist curated a light show which moves through each individual sculpture and between all four sculptures, activating the bridge and producing an urban gateway in Rosslyn.
The transparency of the sculpture is complimented by the alteration of a standard bridge fencing to create an interesting experience for the pedestrian. Note the reflection of the red square from Gravity and Grace, on Central Place Plaza, mid-block on N. Lynn St., in the background. With the completion of the Mead St. Bridge, south and north entries to Rosslyn will be visually connected to Central Place Plaza, establishing the sequence of changing illuminated sculptures along the Corridor of Light.
The sculptures are one form within another. Inside and outside are illuminated with complimentary colors that fade to different colors within the sculptures and change as cycles within the suite of four.