Yoga on the Square Virginia

October 28, 2020
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There's no need to miss your yoga routine while on travel in Arlington.

Launching on International Sculpture Day (Sunday, April 24th) and continuing on Sunday, May 1 and Monday, May 9, artist and certified yoga instructor Lisa Marie Thallhammer will offer a series of free pop-up yoga classes inspired by Arlington's award-winning collection of public art, leading participants through postures, intentions and breathing that are inspired and focused on three permeant public art works.

Even stationary public art is an active participant in a community. They help to establish a ‘sense of place’, proclaim a sense of community aesthetics and aspirations, not to mention being an aid to way-finding for both residents. They also can preserve community histories and lore that may otherwise be lost.

Yoga Inspired by Sculpture Activities

Sunday, April 24 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Penrose Square
2503 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204

Kicking off the series on International Sculpture Day, the first yoga session will be focused on Echo by artist Richard Deutsch. Deutsch’s interactive sculpture is inspired by the Three Sisters Radio Towers, formerly located near Columbia Pike and Courthouse Road in Arlington. The Towers, built in 1913 by the Navy as cutting edge technology, broadcasted the first trans-Atlantic radio signal in 1915, connecting Arlington with the Eiffel Tower.

Sunday, May 1 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Verizon Plaza: 1320 N. Courthouse Road, Arlington, VA 22201
Courthouse Metro Station (Orange/Silver)

The second yoga session will be focused on Untitled by artist Kendall Buster. Buster describes her sculptures as "drawings in space", referring to the open armature design that permits people to see through the structures. The grouping of chambers allows visitors to enter the sculpture and experience feelings of both confinement and security. This public art project was funded by Bell Atlantic (Verizon).

This class is in coordination with Courthouse 2.0: Reimagining the Civic, a public art initiative aimed at sparking public conversation about the future Courthouse Square by exploring the interaction between civic space and civic life in Arlington in the twenty-first century.

Monday, May 9 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22207
Ballston Metro (Orange/Silver)

The third and final session will be focused on Transparent Tapestry by artist Tim Tate. Sixteen vertical bands of multi-colored glass are installed between the rungs of this 40 foot long fence which separates the public plaza from the private, residential courtyard. The glass panels were kiln-cast, a process by which one-time-use plaster molds are placed inside of 1550 degrees Fahrenheit kilns.

Learn more about Arlington's vibrant public art program in the video below, celebrating it's 30th anniversary.

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