Alexandria’s off-street trail network covers 15.4 miles and connects the City’s major parks as well as a wide variety of communities, from Arlandria and Potomac Yard to Old Town, from Cameron Run to Landmark and the West End. Four Mile Run, Potomac Yard, Old Cameron Run, Eisenhower Avenue, Backlick Run and Holmes Run are the major trails in Alexandria, and the Mt. Vernon Trail runs along land managed by the National Park Service.
Currently, the trails welcome a diverse group of users: commuters, recreational bicyclists, walkers, joggers and people out to use exercise equipment along the way. Public art along the City’s trail network will draw more attention to these trails as a resource and will attract more users.
Alexandria’s Public Art Program invited artists from Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia to create original, temporary artworks for installation along key stretches of its off-street trail network.
The goal is to provide a sense of respite, discovery, and fun during the dark, cold winter months for the hundreds of people who use these trails every day. Artworks should be easily installed and removed, and should consider highlighting phenomena such as ambient light and shadows, color and sound, breezes and other sensory aspects of the trail environments.
The program will commission up to three artists to create installations. Each artist will be provided with a budget of up to $5,000 to design, fabricate, install and de-install their artworks in late February 2021.
Keep watching this space for updates on the selected artists and artwork.