ARLINGTON, Va. – Arlington Public Art has been honored by the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network with a 2013 Year in Review “Top 50” designation for its project Echo. Submissions were judged on artistic excellence, innovative quality of concept, and appropriateness to site context. More than 350 public art projects from around the nation competed for the honor.
“We are thrilled to have Echo honored in this way,” said Angela A. Adams, director of Arlington Public Art. “This designation showcases the innovative work of Arlington's public art program and demonstrates just how vital public art is in creating a sense of place in Arlington.”
Echo, a luminary and theatrical place maker created by artist Richard Deutsch, provides a modern interpretation of Arlington's significant contribution to the history of communication. The concave elliptical parabolas carved into each monolith reflect and project sound, allowing words spoken into one stone to be heard by listeners at the other. Located in Penrose Square, Echo was inspired by the Three Sisters Radio Towers, formerly located near Columbia Pike and Courthouse Road South. Read more about Echo.
Three public art professionals reviewed and selected up to 50 outstanding public art projects completed in 2012 from submissions received from around the country. The PAN Year in Review is the only national program that recognizes projects of excellence in public art.
Arlington Public Art
Arlington Public Art is part of Arlington Economic Development's Real Estate Development Group and works to showcase the importance of public art as an economic driver and placemaking force. The department recently released “Four Lenses for Looking at the Value of Public Art in Arlington,” a report detailing the economic impact of public art and Arlington's commitment to public art in its community.
Arlington Economic Development
Arlington Economic Development (AED), part of Arlington County Government, is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of an economically competitive and sustainable community, and the creation of exciting, diverse and amenity-rich places. AED provides visionary leadership and superior services to Arlington's business and arts community, its tourism industry and its real estate development. For more information, visit arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com.