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Public Art in Alexandria

Public art is permanent or temporary works of art that have been planned in collaboration with the community and executed by artists with the specific intention of existing in the public realm, accessible to all.

The City of Alexandria uses the Public Art Archive to catalog and share its collection.  Created by the Western States Arts Federation (WeStAF), the Public Art Archive is a free, searchable, and cross referenced online platform that catalogs public art collections from all over the country.  The database includes all of the information related to a work of public art including images, video, and mapping.

For Alexandria's collection, click here.


Traffic Control Box Wraps

The City of Alexandria, Virginia invited artists and artist teams residing in Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee to submit their qualifications for a Traffic Control Box Vinyl Wrap Public Art Project.

Project Overview:  Three artists or artist teams were selected to design wraps for 12 traffic control boxes located at intersections along Duke Street in Alexandria.  The wraps will cover all four sides and the top of each box.  Traffic Control Box Map

Open House

The City of Alexandria Office of the Arts invites the public to attend an informal Open House for the Traffic Control Box Public Art Project. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the project that will be installed along Duke Street between Callahan Drive and South Pickett Street. Refreshments will be available. The City of Alexandria Commission for the Arts has selected three artists/artist teams: Erin Curtis, Pamela Underhill/Roger Foster, and Anthony Palliparambil. Each artist/artist team will create four original designs that will be installed on the traffic control boxes.

Open House Location:

2900-A Business Center Drive
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(enter from Witter Drive)

Open House Dates:

Wednesday, April 8
6pm-8pm

Saturday, April 25
10am – noon

Thursday, May 7
7pm – 9pm

The unveiling of the traffic control box wraps will coincide with Public Works Week beginning on Sunday, May 17, 2015.  


Public Art Implementation Plan & Public Art Policy

In 2012, the Alexandria City Council adopted a policy to grow the City's public art into an inspired and engaging program that reflects the City's unique history, people, cultural identity, and future aspirations. To support this growth, the City has commissioned the development of a Public Art Implementation Plan which was approved by City Council in December, 2014.

The Public Art Implementation Plan is a comprehensive, community-based plan that outlines a vision, goals and objectives for the public art program in Alexandria. The Plan sets priorities for the goals and funding of projects; provides a framework for the shared financial and professional resources needed; and defines the procedures for decision-making and oversight needed for public art projects to be successful.

To view Public Art Implementation Plan & Policy, click here.


Public Art Condition Assessment

The Office of the Arts hired Conservation Solutions to evaluate 18 city-owned works of art.  The works of art include sculptures, murals, plaques, fountains, gardens/landscapes, community art projects, and other objects, including historic works. 

The evaluation was conducted between May 23 and June 11, 2013.  All works were assessed from ground level without additional access (scaffolding, man-lift, etc.).   The report was received in August, 2013 and shared with the Alexandria Commission for the Arts and the Public Art Committee.

The report outlines the current condition of each work and includes photos documenting the condition, a condition description, condition determination (excellent, good, fair, poor, deteriorated), treatment recommendations, and the overall priority for treatment within the collection (low, medium, high) for each artwork.

The Office of the Arts will use the conservation assessment to develop a multi-year public art maintenance plan and budget.  Updates and/or changes to the maintenance plan will be shared with the Alexandria Commission for the Arts and the Public Art Committee.

To view the report, click here.

1108 Jefferson St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.4343
Fax: 703.838.6344
Email: Information

Office Hours
Monday-Friday
8 am - 5 pm

James B. Spengler
Director
703.746.5500
james.spengler@alexandriava.gov