WHEREAS, Arlington County began its public art program by commissioning Dark Star Park, which was dedicated thirty years ago; and
WHEREAS, Dark Star Park, created by sculptor Nancy Holt, became Rosslyn’s first public art piece and established its commitment to public art in Arlington County; and
WHEREAS, this commitment was solidified with the County’s adoption of a Public Art Policy and a Public Art Master Plan which encourages developers working in Arlington County to include public art in their building projects and also requires the County to include public art in an array of civic buildings, parks and infrastructure; and
WHEREAS, Arlington’s public art collection today includes over sixty permanent works located throughout the County and reflects the County’s values, diverse traditions, and civic pride; and
WHEREAS, Dark Star Park transformed its site, formerly home to a gas station and warehouse, which at the time of the commission in 1979 featured weeds, broken asphalt, collapsed fencing, and fragments of glass and rusty steel; and
WHEREAS, Nancy Holt’s own artistic language, bent toward the use of industrial materials and exploration of issues surrounding site reclamation and reuse, echo the site’s past and present usage and situation within a busy and highly developed commercial zone;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jay Fisette, Chair of the County Board of Arlington, Virginia, do hereby declare August 1, 2014 as DARK STAR PARK DAY in Arlington County, and urge all residents to enjoy and reflect on the successes of the park.