Arlington Parks Accepting Submissions for Phase Two of “Exhibition Arlington”

Articles Parks 09-25-15

Arlington Parks and Recreation is now accepting submissions to complete phase two of Exhibition Arlington, the Entertainment District Sculpture Trail at Richard Greene Linear Park.

Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation, the sculpture trail will feature eight pieces leased by the city from local artists between Randol Mill Road and Cowboys Way.

The sculptures will be on display at the park for three years, after which the city will consider the purchase of one of the sculptures for permanent display at a to be determined location, Parks and Recreation Assistant Director of Enterprise Programs Gary Packan said. Then, the department will accept new submissions and lease new pieces.

“Leasing art provides an opportunity for park visitors to experience something different every few years,” Packan said.

The department originally called for submissions for the project in March, and to date, five artists have committed to have their sculptures on loan at the park. As of Monday, September 21, 2015, four pieces have been installed. The other four will be installed over the next few months.

The City of Arlington has created this sculpture trail to expand its arts in the Arlington Entertainment District, Packan said. Parks and Recreation also hopes the sculpture trail will draw more people to its parks and get people outside and active.

“It gets people to learn a little bit more about art, and enjoying the outdoors at the same time,” Packan said.

The Entertainment District Sculpture Trail Steering Committee will be accepting professional, amateur, and student entries, including both freestanding and interactive sculptures from now until October 15, 2015. Artwork should be durable enough to withstand high winds and heat. Each piece must portray the theme “Celebrate Innovation and Creativity.” After installation, each artist will receive a $2,500 honorarium. A $200 transportation and installation stipend will also be provided.

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Kim Feil

How bout save the money for spectrometers and flir cameras and baseline testing for fracking effluents near people!