Courthouse 2.0: Reimagining the Civic is a public art initiative aimed at exploring the interaction between civic space and civic life in Arlington in the twenty-first century.
Amos Kennedy & Arlington County Civil Rights History
Winter 2018 – Present
Arlington Public Art in partnership with the County’s Historic Preservation program is working with visiting printmaker Amos Kennedy to create letterpress prints that commemorate Arlington’s civil rights history.
Amos will be working with the public over the next year or so to create prints at relevant community events.
Orage, 2016 by Kate Stewart
Location: 15th Street and N.Uhle
Spring 2016 – Present
This mural covers three parking spaces transformed into a pop-up plaza adjacent to “The Grove”, the last remaining vestige of the original Arlington County Courthouse site from 1898. Kate Stewart’s work is influenced by the landscape and makes direct and symbolic references to space, light and air.
Location: Columbia Pike Branch Library, 816 South Walter Reed Dr.
Spring 2016 – Fall 2017
In this time of political questioning, local artist Linda Hesh presents us with a way to voice our opinions. Her latest interactive public artwork consists of 6-foot-high turquoise blue letters that spell out “C_vic.” The “I” is purposely missing so that you can pose for a photo standing in the artwork to Put the “I” into C_vic. Tweet your pix with #reimaginecivic or upload directly to www.reimaginecivic.com
July 2017 – October 2017
Location: 1310 N Courthouse Road
The Meeting Bowls are social places for gathering, getting to know people, and fostering dialogue. Each of these pieces of playful urban furniture are designed to accommodate eight people and encourage interaction by having those seated inside face one another. After their stay in Arlington, the three Meeting Bowls moved to Miami, Florida, where they appeared in the Design District of Art Basel Miami.
The County Wandering walking tour series explored and reimagined the urban and suburban spaces of Lee Highway, Courthouse Square, and Columbia Pike. Each tour was led by Arlington County Public Artist in Residence Graham Coreil-Allen and featured community leaders and county representatives speaking about recent and ongoing planning efforts. The program was offered in partnership with Walk Arlington. Tours were free and open to the public.
Location: Arlington Farmer’s Market at Courthouse, N. Courthouse Rd. and 14th St. N.
Participants selected between four different black line illustrations that they could then watercolor with the help of artist Marcella Kriebel. Each template was of a seed planting chart with an illustration of a vegetable from one of the four seasons.
Location: On the backside of Cosi, located at the corner of 15th and N. Uhle Street, Arlington, VA
The JBG Companies and Arlington Public Art invited the public to meet and socialize with German artist, SatOne as he painted a mural in the Courthouse neighborhood of Arlington.
Lisa Marie Thalhammer and WithLoveDC presented a series of free pop-up yoga classes where the postures, intentions and breath were directly inspired by public art. Through her vinysa flow classes, Lisa Marie celebrated sculpture and brought a renewed awareness of the art that surrounds us every day.
Location: Lobby of Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Blvd.
Taking a cue from the “5 cent psychiatric help” booth run by “Lucy” in the ‘Peanuts’ cartoons, a local poet set up shop at Courthouse Plaza to create custom-made poetry for all who wanted.
Fall 2015 – Winter 2016
Locations: Courthouse, Columbia Pike and Crystal City.
Cards Against Urbanity, a Kickstarter-backed project from GreaterPlaces.com and DoTank DC have re-imagined Cards Against Humanity (CAH) for cities – with new, special cards dedicated to Arlington.
Our PARK(ing) space at Courthouse featured a fun lounge where over 200 people met up with friends (or met new ones) to hang out and interact with artists Scott Pennington and Melissa Webb’s installation Political Punk Rack, a classic carnival game with a contemporary culture twist.