Opening: Saturday, October 15 from 10am to 1pm
In this season of political questioning, local artist Linda Hesh presents us with a way to voice our opinions. Her latest interactive public artwork consists of 6 foot high turquoise blue letters that spell out “C_vic.” The “I” is purposely missing so that you can pose for a photo standing in the artwork to Put the “I” into C_vic. The project launches on Saturday October 15, 2016, from 10AM-1PM at Courthouse Plaza, located between 2200 and 2300 Clarendon Boulevard, in Arlington, Va., when the artist will be on site to take portraits of passersby interacting with the sculpture.
This artwork invites you to consider what “civic” means to you. What do you expect from your government? What should your government expect from you? Participants are also invited to Tweet their pix with #reimaginecivic or upload directly to the project website at www.reimaginecivic.com. Opinions about the role of government in your life and/or your role in government are encouraged. All images and opinions with #reimaginecivic will be collected on the website and presented along with Hesh’s portraits. Her photographs from the launch day will be captioned with participant’s opinions and later displayed as artworks in the lobby of the Arlington County Government building at 2100 Clarendon Boulevard.
About The Artist
Linda Hesh lives in Virginia and is known for her public interactive artworks as well as exhibition work. Utilizing text and a multitude of materials, she combines the personal and political, playing with taboos and challenging social norms. Her interactive pieces have been installed in Saint Petersburg, Russia; New York, N.Y.; Chicago; Washington, DC and Haarlem, the Netherlands. Americans for the Arts awarded her for Community Engagement and Social Activism in Public Art in 2011. Hesh’s art is held in public collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, and The Library of Congress.
About Courthouse 2.0
Presented by Arlington Public Art, Put the “I” into C_vic is part of 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. Courthouse is the symbolic heart of Arlington, a public “town square” where all can gather to create, celebrate, or to simply relax. This is an opportunity to engage people in new and creative ways.
A sampling of recent Courthouse 2.0 projects include: outdoor yoga classes inspired by Arlington’s internationally-acclaimed contemporary public art collection; meet and greet with German muralist SatOne; The Poet is In, which offered passersby free poems during National Poetry Month; and Cards Against Urbanity, a re-imagined Cards Against Humanity for cities where players took turns leading rounds with question cards designed as humorous and, of course, endearing takes on our community. Most recently, in August 2016, a new temporary mural was installed by Kate Stewart on top of three “reclaimed” surface parking lot spaces at Courthouse Plaza.
The exhibition is located at Courthouse Plaza between 2200 and 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, VA. For more information, call 703-228-1850 or visit www.arlingtonarts.org.