Decorative Planters in Rosslyn Point the Way to Artisphere

by Katie Pyzyk June 18, 2012 at 11:05 am 4,152 26 Comments

Art students have been working on a project to beautify Rosslyn while pointing visitors to Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd).

The Rosslyn Business Improvement District teamed up with students the Art Institute of Washington to set up temporary decorative planters in the temporary CentralSpace park along Wilson Boulevard. The planters feature artistic wrappers showcasing various Rosslyn-centric images.

The beautification project also included orange “orbs” painted on the sidewalk, which form a “bread crumb trail” from the Rosslyn Metro to Artisphere.

“We are enhancing Rosslyn’s streetscape and creating a sense of place with Artisphere as Arlington’s cultural center,” said Rosslyn BID Executive Director Cecilia Cassidy, in a statement.

“The BID does a great job of beautifying our landscape and public spaces,” said Art Institute of Washington President Todd Cunningham. “I am pleased our students could play a role in that effort.”

  • Richard Cranium

    Huge Orange Cement Cubes should be the cornerstone of every beautification project. I’m thinking of putting some outside my home.

    • Swag

      Don’t forget the QR codes!

    • ACDC Hack

      But better get them approved by the county first or they may make you cover them with ugly blue drop cloths….

    • I’m confused

      huge? how big ARE they?

      • Swag

        They look about 5’x5’x5′

  • NorthArlingTim

    ” beautifying ” ?!??

  • South Awwlington

    Since we HAVE to have a museum/art gallery and even the most ardent support of Artisphere knows it’s a flop, why not approach the Corcoran?

    They are looking for new digs.

  • karzai

    typical Rosslyn. Always putting up flags, signs, and now these pieces of junk… all to try to mask the fact that it was developed poorly from the beginning as pure office buildings, with no residential. No street life, no foot traffic, few restaurants… closes down at 5.

    The beautiful journalism memorial atop Freedom Park was taken away when the Newseum moved, leaving even that innovation lifeless…

    forget it. give up.

    • Karzai’s Mammy

      If only Sam’s Corner would relocate to provide VIBRANCY.

      • nom de guerre

        Speaking of Sam’s Corner, today’s special features ground lamb with roasted garlic and greek oregano , grilled on on a skewer topped with butter lettuce, heirloom tomatoes and sweet onions on a toasted pita with tzatziki sauce. Only while supplies last

        • WeiQiang

          Is there any hope of steering the menu to something Caribbean or South Asian?

        • Fan

          It would also be quite awesome if Sam’s would include one of their delicious sides with their special of the day.

          • Dr_Klahn

            If you can hold out until the last day you can get a rare and not-to-be-missed side of sun-cured Sansevieria trifasciata cooked sous-vide style.

  • Bluemontsince1961

    Those things are “decorative”?!?!!?!?!? Well……to each their own, I suppose.

  • Elmer

    “The beautification project also included orange “orbs” painted on the sidewalk, which form a ”bread crumb trail” from the Rosslyn Metro to Artisphere.”

    More effective would be dropping on the sidewalk an annual “bread crumb trail” of taxpayer dollar bills to the Artisphere-a stunning financial black hole.

  • Suburban Not Urban

    Yea these make me want to run to see “Art” at this place

  • steverino

    Man, those are some pretty fancy ash trays.

    • Bluemontsince1961


  • Michael

    Artisphere would fare much better as a food court— Starbucks, Cupcakes, Pizza, FroYo **AND MORE**


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