Corridor Of Light - CODAworx

Corridor Of Light


Client: Arlington County Cultural Affairs Division

Location: Rosslyn, VA, United States

Completion date: 2020

Artwork budget: $2,000,000

Project Team


Cliff Garten

Cliff Garten Studio


Arlington County Cultural Affairs Division

Arlington County


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.

Additional Information

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.