Dark Star Park

1655 North Fort Myer Dr Arlington, VA 22201

Maps Directions Transit Parking

Hours of Operation
Sunrise to sunset

Park Maintenance: 703-228-6525
TTY: 711
Inclement Weather Line: 703-228-4715

Learn Park Rules and Regulations. And remember, please don't smoke in our parks.

About this Park

This sculpture is Arlington’s first commissioned art piece sculptured by famed artist Nancy Holt and installed in 1984. The sculpture consists of five spheres, two pools, four steel poles, a stairway, a large tunnel for passage, a small tunnel for viewing and plantings.

Every year on August 1 at 9:30 a.m., visitors arrive at the 0.4 acre park to witness the coming together of shadows. The park’s large spheres are designed to resemble fallen, extinguished stars. One section of the park contains spheres and poles with shadow-images inset in the ground. There is also a water fountain for your enjoyment.