Don't miss the Rosslyn favorite tradition that only comes around once a year! Every August 1, shadows created by the poles at Dark Star Park align with shadow patterns on the ground precisely at 9:32 a.m. This year, we are encouraging people to start their Saturday morning with our livestream of the event on Facebook Live this Saturday, August 1 to watch the shadow alignment live beginning at 9:15 a.m. We'll set up a camera at the park so you can comfortably watch from wherever you are at a safe social distance!
Make sure to "like" our Facebook Page to get a notification when we go live!
Relive last year's 35th anniversary performance
2019 marked the 35th Anniversary of the park's installation. Cuneiform recording artists Janel and Anthony performed an original piece just for the occasion. Linked here is the full performance complete with the alignment moment at 9:32 a.m. from Arlington Arts.
Arlington's first public art piece
Arlington's first major commissioned art project, Dark Star Park, features large spheres designed to resemble fallen, extinguished stars. Each year on August 1, the day (in 1860) that William Henry Ross acquired the land that became Rosslyn, the actual shadows align with the shadow-images at 9:32 am. Learn more from Arlington Arts.
Nancy Holt and Land Art
Dark Star Park is emblematic of Nancy Holt’s commitment to temporal and site-responsive sculpture. Located within a busy traffic intersection on a once-overlooked pocket of land, it features large, gunite spheres resembling fallen, extinguished stars alongside tunnels and vertical poles. Learn more about Nancy Holt from the Holt Smithson Foundation.