Arlington Cultural Affairs Seeks Coins from Your Homeland

By Editorial Team on June 18, 2018

Deadline: Wed, 05 September 2018

Photo courtesy of Arlington Cultural Affairs.
Coins will be collected June 19 – September 5, 2018.

The Pike, by acclaimed artist Donald Lipski, is planned to herald the Western entrance to Arlington along the Columbia Pike corridor, one of the area’s most diverse communities.

The sculpture is made from a 50-foot-tall wind-turbine wing, the base of which will be studded with thousands of coins collected from Arlington County residents.

In 1810, the U.S. Congress chartered to build Columbia Pike, then a toll road, to connect outlying areas to the District of Columbia. The artwork takes inspiration from the shape and form of a tollgate. The incorporation of the coins honors the history of Columbia Pike as a toll road while also celebrating the diversity of the community.

Coin Collection begins Saturday, June 16, 1:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Columbia Pike Blues Festival.

In case you miss the festival, coins will be collected June 19 – Sept. 5 at the following locations:

  • Courthouse Plaza Lobby: 2100 Clarendon Blvd.
  • Columbia Pike Branch Library: 816 S. Walter Reed Dr.
  • Arlington Mill Community Center: 909 S. Dinwiddie St.