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Dark Star Park Shadows Align For Rosslyn Anniversary

by ARLnow.com August 1, 2011 at 8:15 am 5,384 15 Comments

It happens once a year, to commemorate the day (August 1) in 1860 that William Henry Ross acquired the land that later became Rosslyn.

Today, at 9:32 a.m., the shadows cast by the stone spheres and iron poles in Dark Star Park (1655 N. Ft. Myer Drive) will line up with the permanently-installed artistic images of shadows on the ground.

While a grand all-day festival — like the one held in 2009 to mark the park’s 25th anniversary — is not planned this year, the Rosslyn Business Improvement District expects fans of the urban park to stop by this morning to witness the annual event.

Photo via Rosslyn BID

  • Lou

    Contrived ceremonies are the worst.

    • Rosslynite

      What ceremony is not contrived?

  • TJ

    Never knew about that..pretty neat.


    Really….who knew? Very cool bit of info to know about that sculpture.

  • SaveDaveMcKenna

    I’ve always considered Rosslyn that place you go through to get to Key Bridge, mainly because parking is so limited. Are you supposed to park at Iwo Jima and walk over?

    • Mark

      If you’re worried about parking, you’re doing it wrong…

      • SaveDaveMcKenna

        Perhaps they could install a moving walkway from Iwo Jima to the concrete spheres.

    • wat

      Nights and weekends I have never had an issue parking. There are lots of streets with parking available within 4 blocks of metro.

  • ArlSouthie

    Reeks of Freemasonry to me… And they agreed on the debt ceiling last night? A connection? Anybody missing?

  • (another) Greg

    This might be the lamest commemoration I’ve heard of…

    • Stu Pendus

      What, you didn’t know that William Henry Ross was an avid croquet fan? Don’t you get the symbolism?

  • Nunya

    the rosslyn skywalks always reminded me of the old planet of the apes movie, conquest….

  • Cyclotron

    You’d think this kind of sculpture would be in Ballston.

  • YTK

    A GIANT cue stick takes aim and “POCK!!!”
    LOOKOUT!! Them Dark Star balls is a-rollling downhill!

  • SD

    Happy Birthday Jerry Garcia! Is this merely coincidence, I think not!


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